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Townie : a memoir /

by Dubus, Andre.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2012, ©2011Description: 387 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780393340679; 0393340678.Subject(s): Dubus, Andre, 1959- | Dubus, Andre, 1959- -- Childhood and youth | Dubus, Andre, 1959- -- Family | Dubus, Andre, 1959- | 1900-1999 | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography | Social classes -- Merrimack River Valley (N.H. and Mass.) | Violence -- Merrimack River Valley (N.H. and Mass.) | Haverhill (Mass.) -- Biography | Massachusetts -- Haverhill | United States -- Merrimack River Valley | Biography | BiographySummary: After their parents divorce in the 1970's, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts shoe factory 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.
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<p>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.</p>

After their parents divorce in the 1970's, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts shoe factory 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.

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