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I'm a fan of this author but wondered how he'd write this very personal memoir.
Instead, he mentions his mother about three times in the book, and devotes the book entirely to his relationship with his absentee, philandering father and fighting.
The world he relates feels real - but I don't think all of it really happened, and this is a memoir, not fiction.
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 5 days ago by maura glandorf
A very poignant autobiography. Hauntingly familiar hints of my own childhood. A good read.Published 10 days 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 18 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this book much better than The House of Sand and Fog. The action never lagged. The dialogue was clear and concise
and the story was very familar to this latch key... Read more
I just read this book for book group and really wanted it to be better. I felt that it could have been a little shorter on details of the authors physical fights and longer on the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clare Dingwell
I liked the book so much I read it twice. I used to work in a town similar to Haverhill, MA, and many of my teen age clients were similar to Andre. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen Ziminski