Author: Scott McClanahan
Publisher: Tyrant Books
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Book Description: “McClanahan’s prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. He writes in an elliptical fever dream so contagious that slowing down is not an option. It would be like putting a doorstop in front of a speeding train. This is not a book you savor. It is one you inhale.” –The New York Times
“Part memoir, part hillbilly history, part dream, McClanahan embraces humanity with all its grit, writing tenderly of criminals and outcasts, family and the blood ties that bind us.”
“McClanahan’s prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. [McClanahan] aims to lasso the moon… He is not a writer of halfmeasures. The man has purpose. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger.”—New York Times Book Review
The Sarah Book is Scott McClanahan’s continuation of the semi-autobiographical portrait he’s been writing over the years about his life in West Virginia. This one is his portrait of love.
Rating: 5 Stars
Mini-Review: I don’t normally post about books that are published this many years back, but I would be remiss not to put this out there, because it was simply brilliant.
I generally don’t like Autofiction, however this story just grabbed my attention. Written from the author’s point of view, he tells the all so real story of divorce.
This is not a pretty story at all, but McClanahan seemed to capture divorce perfectly. There is a lot of angry fights, tears, love and he even managed to get some good laughs in. McClanahan does touch on issues of abuse and alcoholism if this triggers you at all, please skip this one. If you are looking for something fresh, I think you will enjoy this book.