Townie: A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Andre III Dubus

Narrated By: Andre III Dubus

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2011

Duration: 14 hours 37 minutes


Andre Dubus III, author of the National Book Award–nominated House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, reflects on his violent past and a lifestyle that threatened to destroy him—until he was saved by writing.

After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else—or to beatings-for-pay as a boxer.

Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn't have been more stark—or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love. 

"The best first-person account of an author's life I have ever read."—James Lee Burke, New York Times bestselling author


  • Do die Miller

    Love it! Great story, great telling. Creative nonfiction at its finest.

  • Mike morgan

    I grew up around the settings in this book. Love it. All of Debus stuff is great but this is my favorite. The author narrates n does a decent job.