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Cruddy - An illustrated Novel by Lynda Barry

"A work of terrible beauty" - Alanna Nash, The New York Times

On a September night in 1971, a few days after getting busted for dropping acid, a sixteen-year-old curls up in the corner of her ratty bedroom and begins to write. 'Now the truth can finally be revealed about my mysterious day long ago when the authorities found a child, calmly walking in the boiling desert, covered in blood' The girl is Roberta Rohbeson, and her rant against a world bounded by "the cruddy top bedroom of a rental house on a very cruddy mud road" soon becomes a detailed account of another story she has kept silent since she was eleven. Darkly funny and resonant with humanity, Cruddy masterfully intertwines Roberta's stories - part Easy Rider and part bipolar Wizard of Oz. These stories, the backbone of Roberta's short life, include a one-way trip across America fueled by rage and greed and a vivid cast of characters, starring Roberta's dangerous father, the owners of the Knocking Hammer Bar - cum-slaughterhouse, and runaway adolescents. With a teenager's eye for freakish detail and a nervous ability to make the most horrible scenes seem hilarious, Cruddy is a stunning acievement.


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