This One Will Hurt You

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Ohio State University Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author
Paul Crenshaw is the coauthor of Text, Mind, and World: An Introduction to Literary Criticism. He was a finalist for the Bakeless Prize and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize in 2017. His writing has appeared in Best American Essays, Brevity, North American Review, Ascent, Gulf Stream, The Rumpus, Hotel Amerika, and River Teeth, among many other venues.
"You'll find no romanticizing or myth-building here. This One Will Hurt You is a devastating and necessary book, frequently heartbreaking in its examination of the bad humans can do to one another--but full of redemptive acts of goodness, too."-- Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Salt Line
"Crenshaw weaves poignant images throughout these essays, capturing beauty, mystery, and pain embedded in the hills and streams of the real Ozarks. . . . Crenshaw searches the soul and wrestles with hard realities and bitter truths, and his essays will cling, fast as a burr." --Deb Hagan, Brevity
"An essayist focuses on family dynamics and the mortality that challenges us all. . . . The author is a consummate craftsman, whether of concision . . . or in a longer illumination of the elliptical slipperiness of truth." --Kirkus Reviews
"Paul Crenshaw writes some of the finest prose you'll find anywhere and does so without a trace of literary gimmickry or personal showboating. If Chekhov wrote essays, this is what they would sound like." --Robert Atwan

"Every move here feels intentional, every paragraph placed just so, resulting in a book that is a gift for personal nonfiction lovers. Uncommonly affecting, This One Will Hurt You is a debut collection of straightforward beauty." --Jason Hess, Booklist

"Essayist Crenshaw explores in his tender solo debut growing up and living in rural America and coming to terms with unsettling memories. . . . Crenshaw's evocative descriptions of place balance well with his confessional style. Throughout this fine collection, Crenshaw proves a deeply self-reflective narrator, able to expose his innermost worries while remaining keenly aware of the world around him."
--Publishers Weekly