I've never read a better or more serious meditation on violence, its sources, consequences, and, especially, its terrifying pleasures, than "Townie." It's a brutal and, yes, thrilling memoir that sheds real light on the creative process of two of our best writers, Andre Dubus III and his famous, much revered father. You'll never read the work of ...
I've never read a better or more serious meditation on violence, its sources, consequences, and, especially, its terrifying pleasures, than "Townie." It's a brutal and, yes, thrilling memoir that sheds real light on the creative process of two of our best writers, Andre Dubus III and his famous, much revered father. You'll never read the work of either man in quite the same way afterward. You may not view the world in quite the same way either.--Richard Russo, author of "Empire Falls."
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-12-13 Long before he became the highly acclaimed author of House of Sand and Fog, Dubus shuffled and punched his way through a childhood and youth full of dysfunction, desperation, and determination. Just after he turned 12, Dubus's family fell rapidly into shambles after his father-the prominent writer Andre Dubus-not only left his wife for a younger woman but also left the family in distressing poverty on the violent and drug-infested side of their Massachusetts mill town. For a few years, Dubus escaped into drugs, embracing the apathetic "no-way-out" attitude of his friends. After having his bike stolen, being slapped around by some of the town's bullies, and watching his brother and mother humiliated by some of the town's thugs, Dubus started lifting weights at home and boxing at the local gym. Modeling himself on the Walking Tall sheriff, Buford Pusser, Dubus paid back acts of physical violence with physical violence. Ultimately, he decided to take up his pen and write his way up from the bottom and into a new relationship with his father. In this gritty and gripping memoir, Dubus bares his soul in stunning and page-turning prose. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-03-28 Dubus, author of House of Sand and Fog, opens his memoir when he's 16, chasing his father through a forest. Having never run more than two miles in his life, Dubus runs 10 that day, in his sister's shoes, two sizes too small, which leave his 10 toes "split open like sausages over a fire." It's a dramatic, moving moment that sets the stage for a story of the author's impoverished, brutal childhood. In a neighborhood where "kids roamed the neighborhood like dogs," Dubus is faced with either giving in or getting out. His reading is fluid and convincing, adding an intimacy to the account, making the listening especially cathartic. A Norton hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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