The Liars’ Club

The Liars’ Club is a memoir by the American author Mary Karr. Published in 1995 by Viking Adult, the book tells the story of Karr’s childhood in the 1960s in a small industrial town in Southeast Texas. The title refers to her father and his friends who would gather together to drink and tell stories when they were not working at the local oil refinery or the chemical plant.The book was a New York Times bestseller. In addition to winning the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, the memoir was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2005, a 10-year anniversary edition was published with an added introduction from Karr. The Liars’ Club is credited for launching a resurgence in the popularity of the memoir genre.After the success of The Liars’ Club, Karr followed up with two more memoirs: Cherry, which picks up at the end of The Liars’ Club, was published in 2001, and Lit which was published in 2009.