Cruddy – A dark, ominous and hilarious tale about a 16-year-old’s cruddy trip through life


Read this years ago, and while I still have a copy I’d have to nerve myself up to read it again.

It’s a really raw, unsparing look at a impoverished and dysfunctional family. The dad is a real number, the black sheep scion of a slaughterhouse owner. As I recall he more-or-less kidnaps the Roberta and has her pose as his mentally disabled son.

There are a few parallels with the author’s other fictional universe, the semi-autobiographical “Ernie Pook” comics. Just enough to be jarring.

I enjoyed Barry’s other work quite a bit, but it’s been years since I’ve read any of it. This sounds a little different.

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