W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393064667, 387pp.
Publication Date: February 28, 2011
Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds between town and gown, between the hard drinking, drugging, and fighting of townies and the ambitions of well-fed students debating books and ideas, couldn t have been more stark or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by finally putting pen to paper himself did young Andre come into his own, discovering the power of empathy in channeling the stories of others and ultimately bridging the rift between his father and himself An unforgettable book, Townie is a riveting and profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.