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A Wolf at the Table

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From the author: 'My father doesn't feature much in Running with Scissors. And one of the reasons for this is because he didn't feature much in my life. But there's another reason, too: Our relationship was so complicated, so dark, so confusing and so big, that to tell the story would require a book. So finally, upon the death of my father in 2005, I decided to tell the story I have been most afraid yet most compelled to tell.' This prequel to international hit Running With Scissors tells the story of Augusten's relationship with his tormented father: a man who sent his wife mad and saw his other son run away from home, prior to Augusten going into foster care. Harrowing, insightful and amusing by turns.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753516837
  • 9780753516836
  • 107,585

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"So touching and wonderfully written that anyone else with "a no misery memoir" rule should make an exception" * London Lite * "There is a depth here that moves his prose to another level. He has written a chilling, dark and deeply unsettling book that is, nonetheless, compulsive reading" * Attitude * "A hauntingly well-crafted account of his difficult relationship with his father" * Irish Sunday Independent * "Burroughs's gift is to look into the lion's mouth and find sweetness" * Fay Weldon *show more

About Augusten Burroughs

Augusten Burroughs was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. His first memoir, Running with Scissors remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years and was made into a film in October 2006. He is also the author of Dry (2003), Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004) and Possible Side Effects (2006), and Sellevision (2000) all of which were instant bestsellers both in hardcover and paperback.show more

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First there was Running with Scissors, then Dry and now the most famous memoirist of our time returns with his earliest childhood memories. In A Wolf at the Table, Burroughs makes a quantum leap forward into unmapped emotional terrain: the pendulum swing between love and hate within the terrifying relationship he endured with his tormented and sadistic father. By turns harrowing and heartbreaking, A Wolf at the Table is ultimately a redemptive story about love, longing and letting go. 'There is a depth here that moves his prose to another level. He has written a chilling, dark and deeply unsettling book that is, nonetheless, compulsive reading and makes you look back on your own childhood and realise it wasn't that bad after all' Attitude 'A very different beast from Burroughs's previous memoirs ... This disturbing tale of Burroughs's early years and his troubled relationship with his father make for a much more uncompromising book' Metro 'A hauntingly well-crafted account of his difficult relationship with his father' Irish Sunday Independent 'A harrowing and cathartic memoir' Dazed and Confused 'Burroughs's gift is to look into the lion's mouth and find sweetness' Fay Weldon 'So touching and wonderfully written that anyone else with "a no misery memoir" rule should make an exception' London Liteshow more

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"A hauntingly well-crafted account of his difficult relationship with his father"show more

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23,090 ratings
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4 34% (7,951)
3 29% (6,627)
2 9% (2,048)
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