This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life

A Memoir

By Tobias Wolff

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802136688, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 2000


This unforgettable memoir, by one of our most gifted writers, introduces us to the young Toby Wolff, by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move, yet they develop an extraordinarily close, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, his experiences are at once poignant and comical, and Wolff does a masterful job of re-creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence. His various schemes - running away to Alaska, forging checks, and stealing cars - lead eventually to an act of outrageous self-invention that releases him into a new world of possibility.

About the Author
Tobias Wolff is the author of several story collections and two memoirs, including In Pharaoh s Army, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the novel The Barracks Thief, which won the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.