Growing up poor in a mill town outside of Boston where a capacity for violence was a survival requirement, Andre Dubus learned to live for its thrill. His memoir, Townie, is brutal, yet beautiful and compelling. His story could have been anybody's, from a certain place and time, but it also could only have been his, with a certain sensibility and narrative power wielded by this famous author, son of another famous author. The best kind of memoir.
A Hudson Best Book of 2011
“This is an intensely courageous portrait of growing up after Dubus' renowned writer father leaves his mother, him, and his three siblings to confront the desolate, broken-down world of the mill towns of Massachusetts while he, in turn, teaches in nearby elitist colleges. Dubus bravely bares the veins of violence, fear, survival and love with a tender toughness, a linguistic grace, and an utter absence of rancor that places him among the most effective American memoirists writing today.”
— Margot Liddell, Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT