Townie : A Memoir
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.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
- 23 Apr 2012
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
"'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 "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 "The best first-person account of an author's life I have ever read. The violence that is described is the kind that is with us every day, whether we recognize it or not. The characters are wonderful and compassionately drawn. I sincerely believe Andre Dubus may be the best writer in America. His talent is enormous. No one who reads this book will ever forget it." -- James Lee Burke "Dubus has an eye for searing detail that is unequaled so far this century...and he employs that here to maximum effect." -- Joy Tipping - Dallas Morning News "[Dubus III] is such a solid writer, he redeems the genre. He shows that truth can be as honest as fiction." -- Mark Lindquist - Seattle Times "A stormy and courageous memoir." -- Kate Bittman - The New Yorker "This haunting memoir is as explosive as a Muhammad Ali prize fight, as vivid as a Basquiat canvas...This wrenching story can only strengthen the reputation of Andre Dubus III. From father to son, the torch has passed." -- Dan Cryer - San Francisco Chronicle "As a memoir, and as a family story, Townie is beautiful and almost perfectly executed. As a meditation on violence, from an author who once embraced it, it is shocking, necessary and indispensable." -- Michael Schaub - NPR "Harrowing and strange and beautiful...This book marks an important moment in the growing body of Dubus's work." -- Bret Lott - Boston Globe "Townie is a better, harder book than anything [Dubus III] has yet written; it pays off on every bet that's been placed on him." -- Dwight Garner - New York Times
About Andre Dubus
Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah's Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award) and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.