Townie

Townie

by Andre Dubus III

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Overview

Won Book of the Year Adult Non-Fiction—2012 Indie Choice Awards

Amazon Best Book of the Month February 2011


An acclaimed novelist 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 everyday violence. To protect himself and those he loved, Andre started pumping iron and learned to use his fists so well that he became the kind of man who could send others to the hospital with one punch, and did. Irresistibly drawn to stand up for the underdog, he was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else.


Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of “townies” and the ambitions of well-fed students debating books and ideas, couldn’t have been more stark or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by finally putting pen to paper himself did young Andre come into his own, discovering the power of empathy in channeling the stories of others—and ultimately bridging the rift between his father and himself.


An unforgettable book, Townie is a riveting and profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393064667
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2011
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award), and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.

Hometown:

Newbury, MA

Date of Birth:

1959

Place of Birth:

California

Education:

University of Texas at Austin

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