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April 9, 2011

13 Down, 39 To Go - "Townie" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Having read the novels House of Sand and Fog and Bluesman, as well as the short story collection The Cage Keeper: And Other Stories, I was already a great admirer of Andre Dubus III's writing when I picked up his memoir Townie.

Townie compellingly tells the author's life story, from his famous father's abandonment of his family at age 10 to his troubled adolescence to finding his literary voice. Surprisingly, this book held me as raptly as his fiction, in Dubus's skillful words his own vulnerability and New England mill town childhood came alive.

I am no longer surprised when fiction writers I admire produce estimable memoirs, and Andre Dubus III's Townie stand alongside Elizabeth McCracken's An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination as one of the finest examples I have read in years.

My next book is David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King.


also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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