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    DescriptionAfter 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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    A Memoir
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andre Dubus III
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393340679
    ISBN 10: 0393340678

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    DC22: 813/.54
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    B&T Approval Code: A26012000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC classification: PS3554.U2652 Z46 2011
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    DC23: 813.54
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    Thema V1.0: DNC
    Edition statement
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog.
    Review quote
    "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