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Cruddy (Paperback)

Author:  Lynda Barry
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 068483846X
ISBN-13: 9780684838465
Sku: 30635036
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  320
Age Range:  NA
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*Author: Barry, Lynda *Publication Date: 2000/10/10 *Number of Pages: 305 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00
This gritty coming-of-age novel by cartoonist Lynda Barry is about Roberta Rohbeson, age 16, daughter of a white mother and a black father, who is trying to get through eighth grade without going crazy. Roberta recalls a trip she took across the country with her violent, cruel father five years ago that ended with Roberta lost in the desert and covered with someone else's blood. She is sent back home to her almost equally monstrous mother. Now she tells the horrifying story of that experience, along with the details of her present "cruddy" existence.


Kirkus Reviews
"[This] bloody and violent story is tougher and uglier than any of the artist's previous work. And riveting as well." 07/01/1999

Wall Street Journal
"Ms. Barry's trenchantly funny gift for observation spares this book from being grisly....Despite the fantastic nature of its plot, CRUDDY struck me as truer and better than the many teen dramas currently on offer from the networks and studios. Accompanied by a series of illustrations in Ms. Barry's grotesque, outsider-art style, the book's crude title and appearance belie the smooth, black wit of her dialogue....A dark little gem." - Andrew Horton 09/03/1999

New York Times Book Review
"[T]he author's ability to capture the paralyzing bleakness of despair, and her uncanny ear for dialogue, make this first novel a work of terrible beauty." - Alanna Nash 09/05/1999

New Yorker
"Because Roberta's voice is so vivid and immediate, her escapades become strangely believable....[The book's] horror-bright narrative of over-the-top mayhem and Grand Guignol comedy nearly blinds you to its plain, heartbreaking realism." - A. O. Scott 09/13/1999

Chicago Tribune Books
"CRUDDY is a twisted, high-energy ride through a nightmare childhood, an inventive piling-on of cruelties and misadventures. There are times, plenty of them, when the book serves up wincing amounts of gore, but with such exuberance that, like a car wreck, one finds it difficult to look away....CRUDDY is a book that can be seen through many lenses, as house-of-horrors cartoon, suspense tale, adolescent psychodrama, or all of the above." - Jean Thomas 09/19/1999

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Simon & Schuster
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