The author of House of Sand and Fog describes his childhood in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime and his weekly visits with his father, an eminent author who taught on a college campus. Simultaneous. Book available.
Andre Dubus III credits his facility for rendering a range of wildly different experiences to his Massachusetts childhood, where he had to reconcile two very separate environments. Having come of age on the mean streets of Merrimack River mill towns--where fights were frequent and drugs pervasive--Dubus created a persona that seemed to have no credibility on his professor father's more refined university campus. How he found the balance within himself, and how he mended this torn identity, is the basis for TOWNIE, the bestselling novelist's first memoir.