One of the main reasons I decided to read this book was because Andre Dubus grew up in my home town not far from where I live, in a Haverhill I did not recognize but then I am 7 years older than him and did not hang around the Avenues. His story focuses on his life after his parents' divorce, of his street fighting and boxing, of a very angry young man. In hearing his story I am truly amazed how he and his siblings survived and actually turned out to have a respectable life. Recently Chronicle (Boston TV Show) dedicated an entire show to Dubus, this book and Haverhill now. In listening to Dubus he talks about his mother and how she was a strong influence in his life. I found the book dealt very little with his mother other than she was manly absent in order to support the family and more extensively with his relationship with his father. I did find his book somewhat repetitive and at times seemed to rambling on.
Would I read the book if it were not about someone’s life from Haverhill? No