Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel

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Welcome to CRUDDY, Lynda Barry's masterful tale of the two intertwined narratives set five years--an eternity--apart, which form the backbone of Roberta's life.


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CRUDDY is a wild ride indeed, a fairy tale-cum-low-budget horror movie populated by a cast of characters that will remain vivid in the reader's mind long after the final page: Roberta's father, a dangerous alcoholic and out-of-work meat cutter in search of his swindled inheritance; the frightening owners of the Knocking Hammer Bar and sometime slaughterhouse; and two charming but quite mad escapees from the Barbara V. Herrmann Home for Adolescent Rest.

Written with a teenager's eye for freakish detail and a nervous ability to make the most horrible scenes seem hilarious, Roberta's two stories--part Easy Rider and part bipolar Wizard of Oz--painfully but inevitably converge in a surprising denouement in a nightmarish Dreamland in the Nevada desert. By turns terrifying, darkly funny, and resonant with humanity, propelled by all the narrative power of a superior thriller and burnished by the author's pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, CRUDDY is a stunning achievement.

Additional Information

Author Lynda Barry
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Page Count 305pp
Publication Size 5.25 x 8 x 1
Publication Notes trade paperback
Publication Date 2000
ISBN 978-0684838465

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