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Townie by Andre Dubus III
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Nov 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: autobiography-biography

Dubus, son of a college professor and author of the same name, writes of his hard-scrabble youth and the unlikely path of his becoming an author himself (The House of Sand and Fog, which I greatly enjoyed).

His parents divorced early in his life, and his hard-working single mom had her hands full with four kids in the tough streets of early 70's Haverhill. Drugs were plentiful, but what really transformed Dubus was his self-transformation to a street-fighter, all quickness and hidden muscle. For the next decade or so, he punched his way through life, looking for slights and and an opportunity to perceive himself as protecting others, whether desired or not. It's not until he is pulled away from nearly killing a young punk so like himself, that he begins the journey to reconciliation with his father and the discovery of his vocation as a writer.

The voice is gritty and true, and though the book is a bit overlong, it is indeed a remarkable life thus far.

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