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Crapalachia : A Biography of a Place
by Scott Mcclanahan


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When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming-of-age in rural West Virginia.

Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.  Read more...


 
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Overview

When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming-of-age in rural West Virginia.

Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.

Scott McClanahan is the author of Stories II and Stories V His fiction has appeared in BOMB, Vice, and New York Tyrant. His novel Hill William is forthcoming from Tyrant Books.



 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781937512033
  • ISBN-10: 1937512037
  • Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
  • Publish Date: March 2013
  • Page Count: 169
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > Family & Relationships > General
Books > History > United States - State & Local - South

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this innovative "biography," McClanahan, author of three previous story collections, blends the oral storytelling traditions of his native rural West Virginia with a contemporary memoir style, recounting formative experiences under the influence of his indomitable, melodramatic grandmother Ruby and spirited Uncle Nathan. The latter had cerebral palsy and was unable to speak, though McClanahan understood him perfectly, and after these powerful forces in his life pass away, he moves in with his classmate Little Bill, who was tormented by OCD and unrequited love. McClanahan’s exuberant voice is conversational and confrontational, regularly breaking the fourth wall and joyfully blurring the sacrosanct division between non-fiction and fiction. The non-traditional narrative chronicles the peculiarities of Appalachian life——punctuated by mine collapses, quotidian tragedies, and recipes for chicken and gravy——and is infused with both boundless love and the ever-present specter of death. McClanahan oscillates between the resignation that surrounds him and a galvanizing hope that allows him to rise above the despairing, often violent place he calls home, just enough to get away, but not to forget. His singular mission is to create a lasting testament to the people he has loved and he succeeds: the book leaves an enduring impression. (Mar.)

 
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