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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrant Books (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985023554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985023553
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Crapalachia (also by Scott McClanahan)
-McClanahan's prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. [McClanahan] aims to lasso the moon... He is not a writer of half-measures. The man has purpose. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger.-
--New York Times Book Review
-Crapalachia is the genuine article: intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny and utterly wrenching. McClanahan joins Daniel Woodrell and Tom Franklin as a master chronicler of backwoods rural America.-
--The Washington Post
-The book that took Scott McClanahan from indie cult writer to critical darling is a series of tales that read like an Appalachian Proust all doped up on sugary soft drinks, and has made a fan of everybody who has opened it up.-
-McClanahan's deep loyalty to his place and his people gives his story wings: 'So now I put the dirt from my home in my pockets and I travel. I am making the world my mountain.' And so he is.-
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
-[Crapalachia is] a wild and inventive book, unquestionably fresh of spirit, and totally unafraid to break formalisms to tell it like it was.-
-Part memoir, part hillbilly history, part dream, McClanahan embraces humanity with all its grit, writing tenderly of criminals and outcasts, family and the blood ties that bind us.-
--Interview Magazine
-A brilliant, unnerving, beautiful curse of a book that will both haunt and charmingly engage readers for years and years and years.-
--The Nervous Breakdown
-McClanahan's style is as seductive as a circuit preacher's. Crapalachia is both an homage and a eulogy for a place where, through the sorcery of McClanahan's storytelling, we can all pull up a chair and find ourselves at home.-
--San Diego City Beat
-Epic. McClanahan's prose is straightforward, casual, and enjoyable to read, reminiscent at times of Kurt Vonnegut. Crapalachia is one of the rare books that, after you reach the end, you don't get up to check your e-mail or Facebook or watch TV. You just sit quietly and think about the people of the book and how they remind you of people you used to know. You feel lucky to have known them, and you feel grateful to McClanahan for the reminder.-
--Rain Taxi Review of Books

About the Author

Scott McClanahan is a writer from West Virginia. His work has appeared or has been featured in New York Tyrant, Bomb, Vice, and Harper Perennial's 52 Stories. His books include -Stories II- and -Stories V!- In 2013 Two Dollar Radio will release his book Crapalachia. He helps run the video-terrorist group Holler Presents with C.J. Oxley. Their films include -Preacher Man-, -The Education of Bertie Mae McClanahan-, -Lil' Audrey's Last Day of School-, and the 34 film video monologue/poem project, -The Life and Death of Scott McClanahan-. You can view this work at He is also part of the band Holler Boys who will release their first album Holler Boys' Greatest Hits in 2013. He is married to Sarah. His children are Iris Grace and Samuel Ray. His father-in-law is Elonza Tavenous Turner. Scott likes chicken wings and beer and cheese. He is happy you bought this book from New York Tyrant Books.

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It's a really nice book for commuting to work or reading on your lunch break. Short interesting stores will take you to the world of this little dude who is a wee bit of a trouble maker and a life explorer. The book is quite funny and vulgar so if you don't like swear words, you shouldn't buy it.
In general, very good and very fast delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appalachian sock it to you!!! 17 April 2017
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A somewhat unexpected punch in the gut that will make you see stars right from the outset...and more so if you are lover of short stories and, even more so, if you love or are from Appalachia. 'Unexpected' because I purchased this book nearly year ago, forgot why I did, and only recently picked it up to read. Surely it was the Appalachia theme that initially attracted me to it and if you are familiar at all with those mountains and they folks that reside there, you will be right at home as I was. McClanahan's prose is terse and not one bit timid...with a few words he tells an honest if not scary story and, weirdly, is able to tie it together by the end even if there is still hopelessness without resolution. This is different stuff from cover to conclusion, you can read in an hour and I recommend that you do. You may want to go back and read it's that intriguing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars funny, and painfully honest about a childhood spent in ... 14 Oct. 2014
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Dark, funny, and painfully honest about a childhood spent in rural West Virginia. The way McClanahan blends the nightmares, disappointments, triumphs and confusion of a child's mind into this short chronicle is both accessible and masterful. Much like the child who narrates the story, the book lays it's vulnerabilities out for all to see; the flawed logic, strange experiences, and terrifying realities of growing up are all presented without apology or personal judgement. An intense and excellent addition to the repertoire of a rising author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If it's about the journey, this is your book. 17 Jun. 2014
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If it's about the plot, you're going to hate it. A character-driven romp through Southern poverty and dysfunction. I identified with the voice, the frustrations, and even the insanity of the narrator. I didn't want to put the book down.

Until I reached the end. That made me close the book quickly. I totally see where it came from...but that doesn't make it any better of an ending. I felt a bit cheated. But it made me realize how much I really enjoyed McClanahan's writing. Fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favorite book 6 Mar. 2017
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Im not a big reader and ive recommended this book to 4 other friends because of the single fact that i love it. Read this book with an open humorus mind and you will love it just as i do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott writes like no one else 11 Sept. 2015
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Scott writes like no one else. You wanna make comparisons to Breece D'j Pancake and there "southern" writers? OK, you can do that if you like, but HILL WILLIAM just isn't like other books lumped into the same "genre". It's BETTER. It's ALIVE.

I don't think i can recommend this amazing book highly enough. It's just beautiful, it's real, and it has a beating heart. What more do you want from a book?
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