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A Memoir

Andre Dubus III (Author, University of Massachusetts, Lowell)


"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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34067-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 400 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Powerful, haunting.… Beautifully written and bursting with life.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“Starred Review. In this gritty and gripping memoir, Dubus bares his soul in stunning and page-turning prose.” — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Unsparing and occasionally brutal, but never bitter, [Townie is] an exceptionally eloquent depiction of...what it feels like to be left behind.” — Laura Miller, The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia,

“[Dubus'] shocking yet redemptive memoir of self-transformation feels like testimony under oath as well as hard-hammered therapy, coalescing, ultimately, in a generous, penetrating, and cathartic dissection of misery and fury, creativity and forgiveness, responsibility and compassion.” — Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

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