Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Twilight Book Club reads 'Townie'

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM to discuss the book Townie, by Andre Dubus III.

You might think that following his father's trade would have been natural and even obvious for the son and namesake of Andre Dubus, one of the most admired short story writers of his time, but it was anything but. His father left when he was 10, and as his mother worked long hours to keep them fed, her four children mostly raised themselves, stumbling through house parties and street fights in their Massachusetts mill town. In this intensely written memoir, Dubus recalls the battles in bars and front yards, brutal to men and women alike, that first gave him discipline, as he built himself from a fearful kid into a first-punch, hair-trigger bruiser, and then empathy, as he miraculously pulled himself back from the violence that threatened to define him. And it was out of that empathy that he began to write, reconciling with his father and eventually giving us novels like House of Sand and Fog, and now this powerful and big-hearted memoir. --Tom Nissley

The Twilight Book Club is open to all, with copies of Townie currently available at the circulation desk.


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