Books: Texas Teen

A new memoir from the author of The Liars' Club

Talk about a hard act to follow. Mary Karr's The Liars' Club (1995) was both one of the decade's most engaging and entertaining memoirs and a phenomenal best seller in the bargain. But you don't survive a harrowing childhood like the one portrayed in that book only to become all timid and fluttery in the face of outrageous success. So here comes Cherry (Viking; 276 pages; $24.95), in which Karr picks up roughly where The Liars' Club left off and recounts her rocky journey from girlhood into full-fledged adolescence.

The setting is once again Leechfield, Karr's fictionally named but vividly evoked...

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