Bookshots: 'The Sarah Book' by Scott McClanahan

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):

It’s a rare thing to get to use the world "excellent" in a review, but this novel was excellent.

Norman Mailer, Mary Karr, Sam Pink, and meta-Bret Easton Ellis

Meet the lead(s):


Scott McClanahan

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.

Favorite line:

I thought about the million dicks in my mind.

The Verdict:

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.

Part Number:
Christoph Paul

Review by Christoph Paul

Christoph Paul is an award-winning humor author. He writes non-fiction, YA, Bizarro, horror, and poetry including: The Passion of the Christoph, Great White House Volume 1 and Volume 2, Slasher Camp for Nerd Dorks, and Horror Film Poems. He is an editor for CLASH Media and CLASH Books and edited the anthologies Walk Hand in Hand Into Extinction: Stories Inspired by True Detective and This Book Ain’t Nuttin to Fuck With: A Wu-Tang Tribute Anthology. Under the pen name Mandy De Sandra, he writes Bizarro Erotica that has been covered in VICE, Huffington Post, Jezebel, and AV Club. He is represented by Veronica Park at the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Ortegas3 July 13, 2017 - 10:16am

Sarah book is about on social ideas or different type of research paper writers. specially in this blog the book is about the great lengeds or social wokers . Its contains breavery or hardwork. students can learn more and more through from this book.

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Homlone July 17, 2017 - 9:38pm

Such books are really good for reading if we have time we should study such knowledge and get the information. This post refers to some book which written on by Scott, the writer of the book. I often in search of such books which are good form of information on the topic because such knowledge is difficult to find.