Townie

Townie

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by Andre Dubus III
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393064662

ISBN-13: 9780393064667

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting…  See more details below

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After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else. He signed on as a boxer.

Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark—or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393064667
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
943,430
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

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Townie 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
mlspitz More than 1 year ago
This is the most compelling memoir I've read in decades. Not only does it entertain (un-put-downable) but it imparts one lesson after another on dealing with life's issues in the best and worst of times! This is a memoir of survival. It's beautifully and honestly written and it will no doubt be read as a classic by generations to come. Thank you Mr. Dubus.
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LifeOfChai More than 1 year ago
Dubus makes the seamless switch from fiction to nonfiction look easy. This is a gripping, genuine, and visceral memoir that grabs hold of you on the very first page and never lets go.
BibliotecariaWannaBe More than 1 year ago
I was interested from the very first page. I found the author's story to be so inspiring. This book reminded me at time of This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolf except it was better.
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