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An American Family by Harry Crews
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Feb 27, 09

it was ok
bookshelves: small-pressy-or-obscurish, southern-lit

Ugh. I hate to diss Harry Crews because he's one of my all-time favorites but this, possibly (sadly) the last book he'll publish in his life (I hear he's in poor health) is a mess. His trademark violence is too overwrought here. The humor too unfunny. And even his usual trusty narrative skills are sloppy and often inexplicable.
But still, even a bad book can't stop my love for the man. Please, everyone: Read Feast of Snakes, Body, A Childhood, or even Celebration (his last good book published by a big house).
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