Townie: A Memoir

Townie: A Memoir


By (author) Andre Dubus III

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 17 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393340678
  • ISBN 13: 9780393340679
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 290,299

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After 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."

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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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"He writes brilliantly...Townie is a mesmerising work, one of the best accounts I've encountered of violence and its causes. It is worth reading just for Dubus's lengthy descriptions of fighting - passages that exhilarate even as they sicken." The Observer "Townie is riveting and poignant. The writing is crisp and lively." Financial Times "...a lyrical and frank account..." Esquire "...vibrantly written book..." The Independent "Dubus relives, absent of self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness." Vanity Fair "...comes out swinging hard as a brutal double portrait... of writing as rivalry and therapy, as an exercise in empathy and exorcism." The Times "...well written..." The Scotsman "...Dubus III's account of becoming an adult and eventually discovering his own gift for writing is as compelling as a novel but with the rock-hard texture of truth." Metro "...the most sensitive - and gripping - account of male violence imaginable." Robert Collins, The Sunday Times, Memoirs Christmas Round-Up 2011