RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 869551955 LA English UL http://rbdigital.oneclickdigital.com T1 Knockemstiff A1 Pollock, Donald Ray., PB Anchor Books PP New York YR 2013 SN 9780385525404 0385525400 AB In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place.Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are irresistibly, undeniably real. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor. From the Trade Paperback edition.