July 09, 2011
My mother was the one who sent me Donald Ray Pollock’s first book, KNOCKEMSTIFF. She had heard him on NPR, called me that day and told me about the interview. Then she read the book and it was all over for her, true love. It’s sort of like my daughter with Justin Bieber. KNOCKEMSTIFF is a captivating, extraordinary book that will knock you over but, amazingly, Donald Ray Pollock’s second book, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, is even better. It was a pleasure to talk to Donald Ray Pollock about his new book. He is modest, kind, and one of those people whose success makes you happier than it does jealous.