The Sarah Book (Tyrant Books)

The Sarah Book is master storyteller Scott McClanahan's portrait of new love, young heartbreak, the coming together of families, and families coming undone. As much as this book takes place in Appalachia, it also takes place in the universe. Its landscapes are the highways and basements and dirty rooms where we are eternally condemned and redeemed. McClanahan has written a love letter to divorce, in a language somewhere between Romantic poetry and a distilled mountain twang. The Sarah Book is an unforgettable tale told by one of today's finest writers.

Praise for The Sarah Book

"Scott McClanahan's The Sarah Book is a furious exhalation of love and hurt and hate and tenderness and anger. This is a chronicle of a couple coming together and breaking apart. There is courage in these pages because so much of what McClanahan details is ugly and desperate and raw--everything, food, drink, love, heartbreak, to excess. The writing is so intimate you want to reach into the book to save this man from himself but you can't. That impossibility is what makes this book so memorable, so powerful." –Roxane Gay

“The romance and destruction of a marriage. I couldn’t put it down. Written with all the punches left in. McClanahan shows us the dents and scrapes and breakdowns of a man trying to be to a husband and father while at the same time sabotaging the very things he loves.  Unnerving but remarkable.” –Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life

“Scott McClanahan’s writing is so pure, honest and immediately engaging, it felt like I wasn’t just reading prose: it felt like I was reading the prose.  THE SARAH BOOK is hilarious, unflinching and deeply sad.  Its every chapter, every page, every observation an addictive delight.  I read it in one sitting and days later am still stumbling around from its unexpected wallop.” –Maria Semple, This One Is Mine

“Scott McClanahan writes like Walt Whitman and Barry Hannah had a love child who grew up addicted to speed and porn and The History Channel. I’ve never read anything with so much wide-armed, grief-stricken love inside descriptions of strip clubs and drug deals and excrement and road kill and drunkenness and child neglect. I feel like there’s almost no way to describe the book, it’s so packed—like McClanahan flung his arms open and gathered all the objects and people and emotions in his world, then compressed them into three-hundred thousand tiny quivering black marks, each one ready to explode with the slightest touch. I can’t come up with a single adjective to capture the multiplicity of emotions I experienced as a reader, so I’ll just say that The Sarah Book is a crazy heartbreaking surprising sad delicious desperate horrifying hilarious ride.”  –Jamie Quatro, I Want To Show You More

Scott McClanahan is a writer from West Virigina. His work has appeared or been featured in New York Tyrant, Bomb, Vice and Harper Perennial's 52 Stories. His books include Hill William, Crapalachia, and Stories. He helps run the video-terrorist group Holler Presents with C.J. Oxley. Their films include, Preacher Man, The Education of Bertie Mae McClanahanLil' Audrey's Last Day of School, and the 34 film video monologue/poem project The Life and Death of Scott McClanahan. You can view his work at He is also part of the band Holler Boys. He was married to Sarah and is now married to Juliet. His children are Iris Grace and Samuel Ray. Scott likes chicken wings and beer and cheese. He is happy you bought this book from New York Tyrant Books. 

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ISBN: 9780988518391
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Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017

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Published: Two Dollar Radio - March 19th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780985023553
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Published: Tyrant Books - November 5th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780983258964
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Published: Holler Presents - March 29th, 2011