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A Wolf at the Table (Paperback) by Augusten Burroughs

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It seems unlikely that this disturbing memoir from Augusten Burroughs will achieve the popularity of his prior efforts, DRY and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, but sales are not always the best definition of a book's success. Burroughs elevates his writing to a higher level by delving deeper than ever before into his own psyche and his twisted, though definitive, relationship with his father. Burroughs's abusive father was a philosophy professor whose complex intellectual obsessions isolated him from other people, particularly his own family. While at first he was merely a brooding peripheral presence in the life of young Augusten, he gradually begins to enact a torrent of abuse, both physical and psychological. As he brutally depicts this despicable behavior, Burroughs eventually determines that his father simply did not want him, but every dark and magnificent sentence of the book stands as a testament to his cathartic recovery.

Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year

“As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes...I wasn't altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?”

When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl.  Something dark and secretive that could not be named. 

Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten's childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn't exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested...

And then the “games” began.

With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It's a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.


Number of Pages: 251
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Literary, Personal Memoirs, General
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador USA
Language: English
Street Date: March 31, 2009
TCIN: 11341284
UPC: 9780312428273
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-2530
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