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Donald Ray Pollock


USA flag (b.1954)

Donald Ray Pollock grew up in southern Ohio, in a holler named Knockemstiff. He dropped out of high school at seventeen to work in a meatpacking plant, and then spent thirty-two years employed in a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio. Currently, he is a graduate student in the MFA program at Ohio State University and still lives in Chillicothe with his wife, Patsy, a high school English teacher.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Thriller
 
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Pieta (2010)
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Stay God, Sweet Angel (2010)
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The Heart Does Not Grow Back (2014)
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The Valley (2016)
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Cherry (2018)
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