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The world he relates feels real - but I don't think all of it really happened, and this is a memoir, not fiction.
After 3 weeks of plugging along (absolutely could not read more than a couple pages at a time), I have given up on this book.
What makes Dubus such a fascinating writer is his ability to capture the very essence of humanity, be it good or bad.
I grew up in the same place at the same time in a similar middle class but his experience was very different. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
It keeps me reading in bed when I'm tired and know I should sleep but I must read more.Published 12 days ago by Daniel Stern
Book really should have been a short story. It chronicles Dubus's hardscrabble life which really was not the interesting, it was repetitive, self serving and unfortunately he chose... Read morePublished 2 months ago by maura glandorf
A very poignant autobiography. Hauntingly familiar hints of my own childhood. A good read.Published 2 months ago by Highland Gal
I enjoyed it and can overlook some issues, but many readers won't. There are several intriguing psychologies with characters battling through flaws that are expressed simply with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason Matthews
Andre Dubus III autobiography. Written in his own accessible but literary style. Poignant, truthful and thoroughly engaging. I like everything of his that I have read.Published 3 months ago by Grant
TOWNIE is Dubus's memoirs but I had to keep checking to see if it was a novel. It was captivating but more than that it took one boy's life in through poverty and neglect and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Marshall-smith
It felt like way too many fights, didn't ring true. It may have been, but seemed overdone. I was occasionally pulled in by the characters, but more often seemed like I was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer