Even Dogs go Home to Die by Linda St. John
A Memoir

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In snapshot pictures of her life, acclaimed "outsider" artist Linda St. John tells the story of her dirt-poor childhood in southern Illinois -- her father's casual brutality and her mother's cruel indifference -- and, finally, through her father's illness, the redemptive power of love. In prose as haunting as it is precise, Even Dogs Go Home to Die is one of the most original, moving, funny, and heartbreaking memoirs of recent years.
 

About Linda St. John

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Linda St. John's work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country. She has been a featured artist in "The New Yorker, Ms., Art in America, " and "Time Out New York."She is married to photographer Duane Cerney, and together they own a gallery-store called D.L. Cerney, in Manhattan. The jacket art is original work by Linda St. John.
 
Published July 31, 2001 by Harper. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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St. John narrates her early life in an unrefined native dialect, describing outhouse adventures with an irate rooster, her hillbilly grandmother’s first visit to a grocery store, and the “boots” they made of plastic bags for her younger sibling.

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As the book opens, St. John's father has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and has declined further surgery: ''He didn't want anyone to mess around with his head anymore.'' Eventually he comes home to die;

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For example, like the father in Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes, St. John's father drinks away most of his meager wages, keeping his family nearly destitute.

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Told in page-long vignettes, each one with a title of its own, this memoir tells the harrowing story of Linda St. John's dysfunctional "white trash" family.

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