The Years of Smashing Bricks: An Anecdotal Memoir

The Years of Smashing Bricks: An Anecdotal Memoir

by Richard Katrovas

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887484681
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Carnegie Mellon Poets in Prose Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


The recipient of numerous grants and awards, RICHARD KATROVAS is the founding academic director of the Prague Summer Program, and is the author of six collections of poetry, a short story collection, a novel, and two memoirs. Katrovas taught for twenty years at the University of New Orleans before moving to Western Michigan University. Katrovas lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan; New Orleans, Louisiana, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Table of Contents


1967-96 • The Year of Smashing Bricks • Killing Juan Gomez • Dirty Dan's • My Ex-Stepfather • My Ex-Stepmother • Melvin's Marvelous Oldies • The Train • Deep Fried • The Unlucky • The Cost • Static • The Acid Game • Grunion • The Seraphs • The Chinese Connection • Poet, Ha Ha • The Heist • Business • Cameron Crowe's Mother

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"Richard Katrovas has become an indispensible masculine voice, by turns brash and strikingly tender. These short stories form a strong, singular narrative, but they are also individual pieces of beauty and insight. Maybe only a poet can write memoir with this kind of torque."

Tracy Kidder

"The Years of Smashing Bricks is pleasantly unpredictable, departing from the formula of the standard memoir. It is strange and haunting, and often very funny. I found its grittiness exhilarating."

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