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The Liars' Club

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Not for the Faint of Heart

    I just finished The Liars' Club last night. Her writing style was, at times, difficult to follow. This book is not for the faint of heart. The events she portrays are at times horrific. I found it difficult at some points, not because I found the situations she writes about shocking, but because they brought up similar memories of my own childhood. At one point I even considered putting the book down because I was flooded with so much backwash from the past. I am glad that I persevered and finished, because the ending was truly worth it. It spoke of healing and things were revealed that shone a different light on her Mother.

    I will say the book may not be for everyone. As I have experienced, some folks simply do not want to look in the face of those kinds of evils, those dark realities of life, and honestly, if given a choice, those of us who have experienced such things wouldn't want to either. I admire her courage for revealing not only these kinds of things, but such a personal intimate side of herself for the entire world to read. I am not certain I have that same courage, not just to share those intimate stories of my past, but simply to summon and face again those skeletons and red eyed demons.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

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    The Liars¿ Club by Mary Karr Theme: One major theme throughout this book would be survival of love because with everything they went through they still ended up together. Likes and Dislikes: Some things I liked about this book was the Mary and her sister did try pretty hard to keep their family together and help their mother. One dislike I had was the grandmother that I felt had driven the family apart in a sense she did help with the behavior of the girls but she pushed away their father and made the mother so set on pleasing the grandmother. This book should be read because it shows how a family can stay together. Overall Rating: On a scale of 1-10 1 being the worst 10 being the best. I would rate it a 7, because some parts were confusing with all the past and present tenses. Summary: Mary Karr grew up in Texas with her father who was never home much and her nervous (psychotic) mother. Her mother and father were always drinking and fighting, until they finally got a divorce. Mary and her sister had to choose who they wanted to live with. The father was the more responsible and dependable parent, but they chose their mother. Mary¿s mother still had her bad drinking habits after trying to shoot her new husband one night, Mary and her sister decided to go back to Texas to live with their dad. Mary¿s father prayed at night that their mother would come back. Mary¿s mother did eventually come back to Texas to supposedly get clothes but their father won her back. Mary and her sister both went off to college but Mary came back for holiday¿s and tried to stay in touch with her mother who got better with her drinking problems. On the other hand Mary¿s father had a stroke due to alcoholism and can only remember certain things and he can¿t function properly such as talking normally.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    The Liar¿s Club is a story about growing up poor in an East Texa

    The Liar’s Club is a story about growing up poor in an East Texas industrial town. It’s the tragic story of two sisters as told by the youngest and their deeply dysfunctional family. The whole book is so beautifully written I didn’t grasp how wrong everything was until it was summing up.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Great read

    Mary Karr has a lyrical way of writing that is captivating. I loved the book and will plan on reading her latest, LIT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    Morbidly fascinating

    After reading Stephen King¿s ¿on writing¿ which mentions this book in the very first sentence, I wanted to see for myself. I found myself morbidly fascinated with Mary Karr¿s accounting of her childhood and captivated by her clear, lucid and semi-detached retelling of her past. The detailed snapshots, the underlying irony in word selections highlight the psychological distance we can acquire from trauma and make for a very interesting if sometimes uncomfortable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2002

    Liars' Club - highly recommeded

    Despite the disparity between Karr's and my own childhood, I found this book spellbinding an hard to put down. I still find myself analyzing her mother's situation and pondering how other's would respond in the same circumstances. Not that I sympathize with Charlie's plight, but thatI still try to make sense and understand it. It reaffirms my belief that no one person in purely good or purely evil; that we have both within ourselves to varying degrees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    Could not put the book down

    This is my first Mary Karr novel but it will not be my last. 'The Liar's Club' is a brilliant retelling of the young life of Mary Karr growing up in a family of misfits. In the style of Dorothy Allison, the mood is chilling but told in such a heartfelt, simple, honest way that the reader is drawn to the complexities of the Karr family. Wicked grandmothers, stolen memories, stormy alcoholic parents create a life fraught with danger at every step of Mary's life. But she is most comfortable with 'The Liar's Club', a ragtag group of her father's cronies who gather together at the local bait shack to one up each other with 'fish tales' and other stretched versions of the truth. It is the truth that Mary attempts to find throughout the book - you be the judge if she does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Our bookclub had mixed feelings

    Our book discussion group chose this book for our June discussion. Those that finished it really liked it a lot. It was a very refreshing change, for me at least, from all of the Oprah novels we have been reading. The writer is sensitive, not maudlin. The wit is quick and funny even in the face of the most outlandish things that happen in this backwater town. The author doesn't spend too much time 'fleshing out' the rest of the towns people which leaves enough room to really get into the prime characters. The last book we read was 'Back Roads' and there may have been to much similarity (ie. small town, mental illness)for some. Our group is all women, ranging in age from mid 30's to mid 40's. We are all either related in some way (cousin, sister's-in-law)or very long time friends (over 10 years).

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