A Memoir

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After their parents divorce in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill 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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ISBN: 9781441781604
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Jun 28, 2017

Andre Dubus III, son of the writer Andre Dubus II, shares his harrowing growing-up years with readers. When his parents divorce in the 1970s, his mother moves from one rental house to another in depressed Haverhill, Massachusetts while working at low-paying jobs. His father moves into faculty housing at Bradford College with a new wife and family. Dubus and his three siblings find different ways of coping with poverty and fear. As the years pass, the author discovers writing which becomes a bridge for re-connecting with his father. Raw, violent, and ultimately hopeful, this memoir leaves a lasting impression. I listened to the audio version read by the author which was excellent.


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