Townie: A Memoir (Paperback)

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The fact that Andre Dubus III is the author of the classic book club favorite House of Sand and Fog AND the son of prominent short story writer Andre Dubus should be enough to fuel a fascinating memoir. But when Andre Dubus III sits down to write about his coming-of-age on the violent streets of a Massachusetts mill town and his escape into drugs and alcohol, we see an entirely new side of this beloved writer. Dubus bares his soul in this page-turning autobiography, in which he opens up -- in an incredibly heartfelt narrative -- about his relationship with his now-deceased father. The result is an immensely powerful, yet tender, father/son story sure to please any discerning reader. -- Linda Grana

— From March 2012

March 2011 Indie Next List


“This is an intensely courageous portrait of growing up after Dubus' renowned writer father leaves his mother, him, and his three siblings to confront the desolate, broken-down world of the mill towns of Massachusetts while he, in turn, teaches in nearby elitist colleges. Dubus bravely bares the veins of violence, fear, survival and love with a tender toughness, a linguistic grace, and an utter absence of rancor that places him among the most effective American memoirists writing today.”
— Margot Liddell, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT

April 2012 Indie Next List


“This is an intensely courageous portrait of growing up after Dubus' renowned writer father leaves his mother, him, and his three siblings to confront the desolate, broken-down world of the mill towns of Massachusetts while he, in turn, teaches in nearby elitist colleges. Dubus bravely bares the veins of violence, fear, survival and love with a tender toughness, a linguistic grace, and an utter absence of rancor that places him among the most effective American memoirists writing today.”
— Margot Liddell, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393340679
ISBN-10: 0393340678
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 6th, 2012
Pages: 387
Language: English