Cherry by Mary Karr
A Memoir

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From Mary Karr comes this gorgeously written, often hilarious story of her tumultuous teens and sexual coming-of-age. Picking up where the bestselling The Liars' Club left off, Karr dashes down the trail of her teen years with customary sass, only to run up against the paralyzing self-doubt of a girl in bloom. Fleeing the thrills and terrors of adolescence, she clashes against authority in all its forms and hooks up with an unforgettable band of heads and bona-fide geniuses. Parts of Cherry will leave you gasping with laughter. Karr assembles a self from the smokiest beginnings, delivering a long-awaited sequel that is both "bawdy and wise" (San Francisco Chronicle).

About Mary Karr

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Mary Karr is a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. She has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays, and is the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. Her previous two memoirs, The Liars' Club and Cherry, were New York Times bestsellers.
Published September 1, 2001 by Penguin Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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Accelerating substance abuse leads to arrest and a horrendous, acid-laced night at Effie’s Go-Go bar, whose terrifying patrons inspire Karr to one of those chemically assisted moments of revelation: “There’s no place like home.” She leaves home soon enough, however, bound for California, where he...

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Cherry Mary Karr Picador £14, pp276 Something curious happens halfway through Cherry, Mary Karr's sequel to her autobiography about childhood, The Liar's Club.

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In one funny and poignant episode, Mary despairs over her dysfunctional family life in a dull town and, influence by the literature she is reading, makes a half-hearted attempt at suicide, before she resolves to live ""as long as there are plums to eat and somebody - anybody who gives enough of a...

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Entertainment Weekly

Everyone's story is interesting to someone, of course, but at this point in the literary onslaught, I've gotten tough on what it takes to hold my interest: A memoir is worth finishing only if (1) the life lived is so extraordinary that the ordinariness of the writing is of little importance, ...

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The Washington Post

But even for readers unaware of this fact, I suspect that the disclosures in Cherry, despite the vividness of language, will remain surprisingly ordinary, detailing as they do the usual rites of passage for a talented, spirited girl between the ages of 11 and 16 in a small town: her first pimple,...

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Great expectations preceded Cherry, Karr's second memoir.

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London Review of Books

Not just a perfumed woman on the outside’, and plots a career for herself that seems outlandish given her environment but which, unbelievably, she will eventually achieve: ‘to write half poetry and half autobiography’.

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