Bookshots: 'The Sarah Book' by Scott McClanahan
Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review
The Sarah Book
Who wrote it?
Scott McClanahan is the author of Stories, Stories II (Six Gallery Press), Stories V! (Holler Presents), The Complete Stories of Scott McLanahan Vol. 1 (Lazy Fascist Press) and Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place (Two Dollar Radio). He lives in West Virginia, where he is co-founder of Holler Presents, and he would love to eat chicken wings with you.
Plot in a box:
A fictional memoir in which Scott falls in love with Sarah, marries Sarah, and then gets divorced by Sarah.
Invent a new title for this book:
Cold November Rain in West Virgina
Read this if you like(d):
Norman Mailer, Mary Karr, Sam Pink, and meta-Bret Easton Ellis
Meet the lead(s):
Said lead(s) would be portrayed in a movie by:
Sarah: Parker Posey
Scott McClanahan: Seth MacFarlane (this could work with a great director)
Setting: Would you want to live there?
Beckley, Virginia. It sounds like the Claremont, NH of the South. Sure, it probably has better weather than Claremont.
I thought about the million dicks in my mind.
Wow. It’s a rare thing to get to use the world "excellent" in a review, but this novel was excellent. McClanahan has already established himself as an exciting new writer, but with this book he takes a step towards being one of the great writers of this decade. It’s not a plot-driven book in the traditional sense, but it’s a page-turner because I need to know what "the character" will say next. I need to know more about him and Sarah. McClanahan breaks down expectations of what a novel should be, in creating a work that will be as memorable as the love and heartbreak he felt for Sarah.
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