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by Meredith Sue Willis,Lee Maynard

  • ISBN: 0937058599
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Meredith Sue Willis,Lee Maynard
  • Subcategory: Literary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vandalia Press; 2nd Revised edition (September 28, 2001)
  • Pages: 170 pages
  • FB2 size: 1555 kb
  • EPUB size: 1677 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Willis graduated from Barnard College in 1969

Willis graduated from Barnard College in 1969

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The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it.

Crum: Lee Maynard's 'Love Letter' To His Hometown. Maynard based Crum, his 1988 l novel, on his small, poor West Virginia hometown. The people of Crum who know the book tend to love it or hate it. Maynard spoke with Terry Gross in 2003. Crum: Lee Maynard's 'Love Letter' To His Hometown. Listen · 25:13 25:13.

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Lee Maynard is a genius. No writing has captured rural America this well since Mark Twain.

Crum is one twisted little novel. Robert Beveridge, Critic. Pops Walker, musician and writer. Lee Maynard is a genius. Stephen Coonts, author Flight of the Intruder.

A Foot Soldier at the Revolution," A Time to Stir: Columbia '68 Essays on the50th anniversary of the Student Rebellion at Columbia University. Columbia Univesity Press, 2018. Matt Jago, in Our Residence, Park Ridge High School Owl, Voume 75, Issue 5. Keith Maillard, Gaining the Higher Ground: An Appreciation, Appalachian Heritage: A Literary Magazine of the Southern Appalachians, Vol. 34, No. 4, Fall 2006, p. 38.

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Named Distinguished Teaching Artist, New Jersey Arts Council, 2000-2003; fellow National Education Association, 1978, New Jersey Arts Council, 1993, 95. President Ethical Culture Society Essex County New Jersey, 1996-1998; co-vice chair Community Coalition on Race, South Orange-Maplewood, New Jersey, 1997-2000, 2003, since 2006; chair South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, 2004-2006.

Like lots of eighteen-year-olds, the boy at the center of Crum doesn't know where he's going, but he knows he is leaving. This novel, named after a real-life, gritty little coal town on the West Virginia-Kentucky border, offers a sometimes shocking, often outrageous, always irreverent look at this young man’s attempt to escape his home.

In Crum, the boys fight, swear, chase - and sometimes catch girls, and have unflattering things to say about their neighbors across the river in Kentucky. The adults are cramped and clueless, hemmed in by the mountains that loom over this tiny suffocating town. And to boys flush with the hormones of youth, this situation is full of wonder, dejection, and even possibility.

Lee Maynard, a native of Crum in Wayne County, West Virginia, spins this tale of a young man whose rebellion against the people and the place of his childhood allows him to reject the comfort and familiarity of his home in search of his place in a larger world.

This novel stirred deep feelings in West Virginia, as readers reacted in different ways to the poetry and reality of Maynard's creation. Since its highly successful first publication, this novel has become an underground classic, with used copies now scarce and costly. Maynard adds a brief epilogue to this new edition, and West Virginia writer Meredith Sue Willis provides an introduction. Crum shot to number eight on the Doubleday Best Seller list within its first month of publication, despite its ban in West Virginia. He has since published a sequel to Crum entitled Screaming with the Cannibals.

Reviews about CRUM (7):
Crum has gross-out scatological details and adolescent sexual obsessions. But those who stick with Maynard’s novel will find one of the best articulations ever of the love/hate relationship so many Appalachians have with their hometowns. Anyone who has said goodbye to friends and family might recognize, as I did, the pangs of loss packed in that suitcase along with the hope for greater opportunity. As painful as the depictions of poverty were, the novel also contains truly memorable scenes of deeply human characters.
Honest, earthy, and somewhat fabulous. Nothing quite like it anywhere else. Growing up poor in rural West Virginia. I think Lee nailed it. I was privileged to know Lee, he even offered to help me convert a book of stories to a novel, something like what he did here. There are a number of really superb writers who came out of West Virginia and Lee, along with Chuck Kinder, was one of the best. I guarantee you, no pretension here, there's something about that state that makes it very special.
The story itself is pretty raw, but considered where I grew up in this area (Southern WV), it's really the way most people are and talk. I wouldn't advise it for younger readers, but it is entertaining to some extent. My ancestors settled here back in the early 17 and 1800's on Tick Ridge, very near Crum, the town, or what's left of it.
don c.
There is something important going on in this book. I can't fully put my finger on it but it isn't a simple collection of teenage tales as it seems. It also isn't the assault on a culture, place, or values that some interpret it to be. In reality I see this as a loving portrayal of a place where someone really never belonged. Its an experience that we can all relate to in some way or another. We all either have a place we didn't fit, or a group of people that we were "friends" with, yet we never had any true friends in the group. Crum captures both.

To focus on the stories themselves as simple series of events is to miss what is really occurring. All the stories simply reinforce conflict with the place or the people (and sometimes, the people are the place). It may not be outright conflict as we think about it, but conflict always exists. Yet, I do not want to overstate it. The events themselves are beautifully written and entertaining on their own. One does not have to look deeper for a wonderful read, but you can.
Lee Maynard's Crum is one of those rare, can't put it down treats that American literature rarely affords the addicted reader. After two chapters I was hooked and try as I might I could not save it for later. There are so few really readable books that it behooves one to save a few back to read when the pickings get particularly slim. Alas this one would not be saved!

I defy any perceptive reader to experience the swinging on vines description and not get 'thrill bump' reactions. It is only one of a book full of the taste, sound, reaction and emotion only the truly fortunate enjoy in their adolescence. Maynard's ear is definitely to the ground - the language rings true - there is no gratituous expletive for effect. Believe it or not that is the way boys (and girls) explore their language.

I am so glad I missed this book the first time around. What a treat - laughter, tears, heart beat of a connection to shared time and place.

K. Bruce Florence
There was a lot that I really liked about this novel. I'm a native West Virginian myself and it is really hard to find well written fiction set in my home state. I really enjoyed Maynard's voice and a lot of the book was funny and true. The opening was one of the best that I've read--honest, straightforward--and the epilogue was very effecting as well. I had trouble the nebulous sense of time in the work. Because of the conditional verb construction used throughout most of the book it was hard to place the narrative in a particular time until the chapters developed. Aside from these minor issues, I was really drawn in by it and and thought Maynard wrote a wonderful, haunting, true novel. I recommend it.
One of the funniest coming-of-age stories I ever read. Just hilarious, especially if you grew up in a small town. Big city dude? Not so much. The second and third volumes of this trilogy are not as funny, but good reads nevertheless.
I guess I was expecting this book to be super shocking. It had it's moments for sure, but was generally a good read. West Virginians supposedly banned it. I live in WV and I found it to be a believable saga of life in a remote coal town in that era. I will be reading the rest of the trilogy, as I found Lee Maynard's writing style very colorful and enjoyable.

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