Friday, May 16, 2008

My forgotten book.

Patti Abbott has asked a bunch of relatively irresponsible writers, myself included, to talk about a forgotten book, one you might have overlooked.

For me, that book is Cruddy, by the cartoonist Lynda Barry.

The story is Roberta Rohbeson's, a 16-year-old who writes a letter to Jesus and tells him to "Have a good summer and stay Crazy." The story takes place a few years after a motel massacre where Roberta has been found, covered in blood, wandering the desert.

This is a dark place Barry takes us to and based on this book alone, I would have Barry's children. Pick it up.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Another one I've never read. The cover alone is persuasive. Thanks.

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Doesn't sound very

Todd Mason said...

Lynda Barry is one of the finest cartoonists and one of the better monologists of our time, as well.