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This One Will Hurt You

 

Paul Crenshaw

184 pp. 5.5 x 8.5

EXPECTED Pub Date: March, 2019

Subjects: Creative Nonfiction

Series: 21st Century Essays

Imprint: Mad Creek

Preorder Paperback $19.95   ISBN 978-0-8142-5521-6

“You’ll find no romanticizing or myth-building here. This One Will Hurt You is a devastating and necessary book, frequently heartbreaking in its examination of the bad humans can do to one another—but full of redemptive acts of goodness, too.”—Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Salt Line

“Paul Crenshaw writes some of the finest prose you’ll find anywhere and does so without a trace of literary gimmickry or personal showboating. If Chekhov wrote essays, this is what they would sound like.” —Robert Atwan

The powerful essays in Paul Crenshaw’s This One Will Hurt You range in subject matter from the fierce tornadoes that crop up in Tornado Alley every spring and summer to a supposedly haunted one-hundred-year-old tuberculosis sanatorium that he lived on the grounds of as a child. They ruminate on the effects of crystal meth on small southern towns, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and the ongoing struggle of being a parent in an increasingly disturbing world. They surprise, whether discovering a loved one’s secret, an opossum’s motivation, or the unexpected decision four beer-guzzling, college-aged men must make. They tell stories of family and the past, the histories of small things such as walls and weather, and the faith it takes to hold together in the face of death.

With eloquence, subtle humor, and an urgent poignancy, Crenshaw delivers a powerful and moving collection of nonfiction essays, tied together by place and the violence of the world in which we live.

Paul Crenshaw is the coauthor of Text, Mind, and World: An Introduction to Literary Criticism. He was a finalist for the Bakeless Prize and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize in 2017. His writing has appeared in Best American Essays, Brevity, North American ReviewAscentGulf StreamThe RumpusHotel Amerika, and River Teeth, among many other venues.

Contents

After the Ice

My Possum Problem, and How It Finally Ended

The Wild Thing With People Feet Was My Favorite

The Night Before Christmas

Cold

Of Little Faith

Storm Country

Girl on the Third Floor

Where We Are Going

Choke

The Bear

Palm Sunday

A Brief and Selected History of Man, Defined by a Few of the Walls He Has Built

The Giving of Food

Web

Lightning and Thunder

Hide-and-Seek

This One Will Hurt You

Acknowledgments

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