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Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
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Nov 09, 11

Read from November 05 to 09, 2011, read count: 2

GodDAMN. I saw Dorothy Allison read recently, and she shed a little light on her own writing. She said she edits out about sixty percent of the violence from many of her scenes just to make them palatable enough that people will actually read them, then goes back through and lays bombshells for the reader so the cumulative effect remains potent. Then she looked up at the audience, smiled a big smile, and said "Ima fuck you up." And yeah, she will. I don't know if I've ever read anything quite like this. The despair of it is slow and grinding, like poverty and (presumably) surviving child abuse, and I think that Allison's ability to recreate that pounding down to ground level is part of what makes this book so remarkable. You feel what you are reading. I stayed up late last night to finish this, sobbing, and then I went to bed and had bad dreams. It's that kind of book. So terrible, and yet so good.
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