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Townie : a memoir

Author: Andre Dubus
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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After their parents divorce in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts shoe factory town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed, or killing someone else, or to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Andre Dubus; Andre Dubus; Andre Dubus
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andre Dubus
ISBN: 0393064662 9780393064667
OCLC Number: 601107811
Description: 387 p. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Andre Dubus III.

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After their parents divorce in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts shoe factory town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed, or killing someone else, or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn't have been more stark or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself.

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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, author of The Hour I First Believed"

 
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