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The Liars' Club was published in 1995 to rave reviews and quickly raced its way to the top of the bestseller list in 1996 with the paperback release. James Atlas has called the memoir "a classic of American literature" and notes, "Tending her postage stamp of reality, as Faulkner advised, Mary Karr conjures the simmering heat and bottled rage of life in a small Texas oil town with an intensity that gains power from its verisimilitude — from the fact that it's fact."
Karr's is an unsentimental recollection of an anguished childhood, rank with memories of rape and riddled by the emotional and actual bullets of her parents' brutal conflicts. Against the mosquito-infested backdrop of a small East Texas town, Karr employs humor rather than anger as she unravels the secrets that propel the destruction of her alcoholic father and crazy mother.
This is a painful story of a family reeling from want of love, remembered and told with compassion. This memoir's success is a testament to the appeal and caliber of Karr's writing. The Liars' Club was a National Book Circle Award Finalist and a PEN Nonfiction Award nominee and was selected as one of the best books of 1995 by People, Time, The New Yorker, and Entertainment Weekly.