Townie

Townie

A Memoir

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Andre Dubus III, author of the National Book Award-nominated House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him-until he was saved by writing. After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill 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. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441781604
1441781609
Branch Call Number: Streaming Hoopla Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (14hr., 34 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Dubus, III, Andre
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Jun 28, 2017

Andre Dubus III, son of the writer Andre Dubus II, shares his harrowing growing-up years with readers. When his parents divorce in the 1970s, his mother moves from one rental house to another in depressed Haverhill, Massachusetts while working at low-paying jobs. His father moves into faculty housing at Bradford College with a new wife and family. Dubus and his three siblings find different ways of coping with poverty and fear. As the years pass, the author discovers writing which becomes a bridge for re-connecting with his father. Raw, violent, and ultimately hopeful, this memoir leaves a lasting impression. I listened to the audio version read by the author which was excellent.

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