Townie

Townie

by Andre Dubus III

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Townie by Andre Dubus III

"Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness." —Vanity FairAfter their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their overworked mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and everyday violence. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of "townies" and the ambitions of students debating books and ideas, couldn’t have been more stark. In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus shows us how he escaped the cycle of violence and found empathy in channeling the stories of others—bridging, in the process, the rift between his father and himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393340679
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/06/2012
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 215,389
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Hometown:

Newbury, MA

Date of Birth:

1959

Place of Birth:

California

Education:

University of Texas at Austin

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Townie 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems I liked this more than most readers. Perhaps because I am the same age and economic background as the writer. Still, I thought is was a really good read and showed a slice of American life not usually written about today. Somewhat reminded me of an adult version of The Outsiders.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I both read this book and really enjoyed it! I grew up in a town close to Haverhill and I came to town with my High School for sporting events. I remember all of downtown being either boarded up or having bars and a rough crowd. It was a scary place in those days and I was forbidden by my parents to go downtown. We live even closer to Haverhill now and are enjoying all the benefits of the restoration. The restaurants are wonderful and the entire downtown area has new shops and and lots of places to explore. I just watched Chronicle on Channel Five and they highlighted "Townie," Andre Dubus III and the "new" Haverhill! This book is a true depiction of life in Haverhill if you lived on the wrong side of the Merrimack River in those days. Congratulations to Andre Dubus III for a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down! Hopefully, the book becomes a movie soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andre Dubus III has brought to life a painful place and time with such insight and forgiveness.As he spans his life and gains distance from adolescence his ability to forgive his father, his tormentors and himself is compelling. The personal growth and insight he shares is a testament to his heart. This is a memoir to devour and savor.
Anonymous 12 months ago
As a woman an I sometimes asked men, professional sorts, to tell me about the fights they endured as boys. It never ceases to amaze me that not one of them escaped physical violence from other boys. What Andre faced growing up was both horribly worse than any story I ever heard, and yet surprisingly common. I loved this book for what it exposed.
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