Teddie Durban is a college English professor who visits his elderly mother, Lorraine, at her inner-city apartment. Cigarettes and alcohol have stolen the health of the bony, blue-haired woman, yet Teddie glimpses the two-fisted young steelworker beneath the sagging skin and bloated belly -- the alley fighter, the body puncher, a woman fully able to bully life into a corner, then apply fists, feet, and teeth.Teddie and Lorraine spend the evening drinking and vying to tell the story of their youth -- mother and child -- as ...

The Violent Child 2001, Permanent Press (NY)

ISBN-13: 9781579620356

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