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Roughhouse: A Novel in Snapshots

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Roughhouse gives a harrowingly deadpan account of the tedium, casual violence and deviant sex that connect a surreal, semi-rural childhood with adult urban neurosis. Terse flashes of narrative, told from the point of view of a troubled youth, provide a stark sketch of an American family on the brink: a gun-toting father prone to inexplicable rages; a mother who speaks in i ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published May 2nd 1999 by Kaya/Muae (first published 1999)
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Aug 30, 2010 Richard rated it it was amazing
"My neighbor initiated me to the boys' club by tying me to the chair..." Thaddeus Rutkowski's ROUGHHOUSE begins with some indelible depictions of childhood traumas both inside and outside the narrator's turbulent family home. And it ends in the sex shops and bedrooms of New York City, where, depending on the visitor, sometimes a mattress cord is just a cord used for tying up a mattress. The story is served up in easily digestible, bite-size jewels, which each shine and cut in their own distinct ...more
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"Fantastic! An amazing novel that exists in a state somewhere between SLAM poetry and flash fiction. Reading this is like flipping channels through a disturbed life."
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Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched and Roughhouse. Haywire reached No. 1 on Small Press Distribution’s fiction best-seller list. All three books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches at Medgar Evers College and at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York. His writing has appeared in The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The New York ...more
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