Crum: The Novel

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Overview

The 1998 appearance of this novel stirred deep feelings, and this second edition will no doubt do the same. Maynard, a native of Crum in Wayne County, West Virginia, spins a sometimes shocking, often outrageous, always irreverent tale of a young man’s rebellion against the people and the place that have surrounded his life. Part Huckleberry Finn and part The Red and the Black, the story is ultimately not about the town of Crum, but about the need to reject the comfort and familiarity of home and find a place in the larger world. Crum is a touching and humorous look at small-town life, and at the peculiar rituals of male adolescence. Since its highly successful first publication, this novel has become something of an underground classic, with used copies now scarce and costly. Maynard adds a brief epilogue to this new edition, and West Virginia writer Meredith Sue Willis provides an introduction. Crum shot to number eight on the Doubleday Best Seller list within its first month of publication, despite its ban by Maynard’s home state of West Virginia. He has since published a sequel to Crum titled Screaming with the Cannibals.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With its preoccupation with adolescent sex, and a plethora of obscene and scatological language, silly pranks and fisticuffs, this inaugural novel in the Washington Square Press original fiction line will only appeal to readers with sophomoric tastes. Maynard, 51, sets his first effort, a 1950s coming-of-age story, in his native Crum, W. Va., ``located deep in the bowels of the Appalachians, on the bank of the Tug River, the urinary tract of the mountains.'' The nameless narrator repetitiously cites his desire to leave this mining town, which was ``a zero. A blank. Nothing''rife with poverty and ignorance and bereft of indoor toilets. ``We would try anything to relieve the monotony of living in Crum,'' he says, and the novel details his antics during his final year in the dump, which he flees after completing high school. He and his buddies dynamite outhouses, rob delivery trucks, expose themselves, witness pig butcherings and pick fights with Kentucky teens. There is much potential material here in the plight of the narrator, a lonely orphan who lives in a shed tacked onto the back of a cousin's shack. But Maynard's characters are inscrutable to themselves (``Don't ask me why I did it, I just did,'' says the hero when he insults a friend) and, ultimately, to the reader. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937058596
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Maynard was born and raised in the hardscrabble ridges and hard-packed mountains of West Virginia, an upbringing that darkens and shapes much of his writing. His work has appeared in such publications such as Columbia Review of Literature, Appalachian Heritage, Kestrel, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Review, Rider Magazine, Washington Post, Country America, and The Christian Science Monitor. Maynard gained public and literary attention for his depiction of adolescent life in a rural mining town in his first novel, Crum, and received a Literary Fellowship in Fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete its sequel, Screaming with the Cannibals.

An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, Maynard is a mountaineer, sea kayaker, skier, and former professional river runner. Currently, Maynard serves as President and CEO of The Storehouse, an independently funded, nonprofit food pantry in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received the 2008 Turquoise Chalice Award to honor his dedication to this organization.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2004

    Appalachian's Catcher In The Rye

    In the ten years or so since I first read Crum, I have probably read it again another five times. This is absolutely one of my favorite books ever. It is Appalachia's version of Catcher in the Rye. I too grew up in West Virginia and though only about 75 miles seperated my hometown with Crum, it may as well have been a million. This story is laugh out loud funny and full of adventures. Lee Maynard does a terrific job developing his characters in this and by the end you really care what happens to these kids. I can't wait to read the sequel, Screaming With The Cannibals. This is a must read not just for people from West Virginia, but for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    A Must Read for Anyone Interested In Appalachian Culture

    In 200 pages, Lee Maynard presents one of the most colorful, endearing, and sadly-truthful depictions of West Virginia culture to appear after the demise of coal (in many counties). Often gutbustingly hilarious and sometimes bleeding wistfulness for the past and future, reading 'Crum' gives us all a chance to grow up in rural West Virginia. If you ever drive through our beautiful state, then you owe it to us to read one of our best.

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