Thought this might be both informative,in illuminating the chronology of Donald Ray Pollock’s life experience and output to date.
This article discusses both his first book of short stories, “Knockemstiff”, but also his followup first novel,
“The Devil All The Time”. I found “Devil All The Time” to be immensely enjoyable and harrowing. If you don’t feel adequately “pulverised”
by “Knockemstiff, absolutely do not avoid “The Devil All The Time”.
In order to start preparing for a discussion of “Winesburg Ohio”, and “Knockemstiff” (OH) please read this article: