Townie: A Memoir

Townie: A Memoir


By (author) Andre Dubus III

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 23mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 19 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393064662
  • ISBN 13: 9780393064667
  • Sales rank: 291,048

Product description

In Townie, Andre Dubus III, reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him-until he was saved by writing. 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. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a university campus and took his children 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.

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Author information

National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog.

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Whatever it cost Dubus to bare his soul and write this brutally honest and life-affirming memoir, it is an extraordinary gift to his readers. --Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed"