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Discuss: Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their overworked mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and everyday violence. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of "townies" and the ambitions of students debating books and ideas, couldn’t have been more stark. In this unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Dubus shows us how he escaped the cycle of violence and found empathy in channeling the stories of others—bridging, in the process, the rift between his father and himself.

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  • Mike P

    Finished Townies! When can we chat?

    4 · May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks very much, this was fun! I am looking forward to the Goldfinch and the June Meeting!

    Thanks for hosting Karen!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Jim

    Great group and great discussion!

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Diane B

    great discussions led by a wonderful facilitator

    3 · April 23, 2014

  • Deb

    I won't be able to attend tonight as my daughter is sick. I was hoping she'd rally but sadly it's not in the cards.

    April 23, 2014

    • Karen H

      Thanks Deb for letting me know. I hope she feels better soon.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • pattysunny

    I just got home from my Orthopedic. I'll be taking meds. I won't be going on Wednesday' book club. Thanks for understanding . Patty

    April 22, 2014

    • Karen H

      Thanks Patty for letting us know! See you next time.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Anne19

    Haven't had a chance to finish the book so am taking myself off the list so someone may go.

    April 16, 2014

  • pattysunny

    Lucky number 30. Thanks for opening the group to more people. See you then.

    April 10, 2014

  • Nancy

    Chen Yang Li again?!!

    April 7, 2014

    • Karen H

      Yes. Private room with lots of space! Group rsvps mandates a larger venue.

      1 · April 7, 2014

    • Lauren

      I liked the place, very attentive staff and quiet enough for us to have a discussion.

      April 8, 2014

  • Mara

    FYI, Andre Dubus III will be honored at the Newburyport Literary Festival on April 25-26. He often speaks on Saturday afternoon of the Festival as part of the free events. For more details, check out the website:

    1 · March 13, 2014

    • Jim

      I would be interested too. Just create one, it will be cool regardless of how many of us go. :-)

      1 · April 5, 2014

    • Deb

      I'd be interested in going, Karen.

      1 · April 5, 2014

  • RobC13

    Will be traveling again so cannot attend.

    April 3, 2014

  • Lauren

    April 3, 2014

  • Liz B.

    Is there a location? I loved that book - did anyone read House of Sand and Fog? Totally different book, but excellent read

    April 3, 2014

    • Lauren

      Definitely saw some inspiration for it in the memoir.

      April 3, 2014

  • Amy E

    Will be in Korea Have fun

    March 13, 2014

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