- You are a fan of either Andre Dubus III or of his father, famed short story and novella writer Andre Dubus. Townie forces you to see both men in a new light and a new context. Personally, I've long struggled separating my literary heroes as I imagine them via reading their work from the living people they were/are. I've met a few; the page and the skin don't always match up. This memoir is a good reminder of that danger and a reminder of the frailty of all humans. I've long been guilty of nearly worshipping Andre Dubus's stories. It is good to remember he was a man, but my god those stories. And a good reminder that his son has written work every bit as compelling for our time as his father did for his.
- If you grew up in the 70s. I have seldom read work that better conveys a 70s childhood--that time that was scary for many of his simply because the world had gone a bit quiet after Vietnam and the tumult of the 60's and we turned inward more than we should have, turned away from the shame of a war we should not have fought, a failed presidency, an uncertain but foreboding Cold War--turned instead within the very real and very sad daily life of dying towns and dying industries and a widening gap between rich and poor.
- You were a boy who were bullied or bullied others. You would be hard pressed to find a book more capable of focusing on the everyday violence that rises out of this culture or one better at presenting a man who learns to curb his own desire to find power (and to right wrongs) with his fists.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Recommended Reading: Townie Andre Dubus III
Townie, the recently released memoir by Andre Dubus III is a must read if you fit any of the following (and a damn good read even if you don't):