Townie: A Memoir
Andre Dubus III
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"Dubus relives, absent self-pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness." —Vanity Fair
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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This is a great book, a remarkable story written by an outstanding writer.
I never write reviews but took the time because this book is so good..
Fighting To Be Understood
A well written account of a man who felt pushed to physical violence by his surroundings and upbringing. The author offers insight into the justifications he gave himself to commit vigilante acts of violence against wrongdoers while ultimately coming to the realization that he owns ultimate responsibility for his own actions. Dubis battles perceived evils, earns hollow victories and finally discovers true gratification following in his fathers footsteps.
Excellent read. A man's life revealed as compelling as this is rare. I am glad he came to the realization about the negativity that violence creates. All small cities in middle America have youths that are lost because of broken families. It seems certain that Andre will do a better job insulating his children while helping them understand that diversity in our society does not have to lead to disfunction.