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This Boy's Life a Memoir

Wolff, Tobias

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ISBN 10: 0871132486 / ISBN 13: 9780871132482
Published by The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: This Boy's Life a Memoir

Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly Press, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Back

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus

Edition: First Edition.

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The winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction writes a memoir that brings to life the stuff of boyhood--from paper routes to whiskey, fistfights to friendship and betrayal--and captures as well America in the fifties.

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Fiction writer Tobias Wolff electrified critics with his scarifying 1989 memoir, which many deemed as notable for its artful structure and finely wrought prose as for the events it describes. The story is pretty grim: Teenaged Wolff moves with his divorced mother from Florida to Utah to Washington State to escape her violent boyfriend. When she remarries, Wolff finds himself in a bitter battle of wills with his abusive stepfather, a contest in which the two prove to be more evenly matched than might have been supposed. Deception, disguise, and illusion are the weapons the young man learns to employ as he grows up--not bad training for a writer-to-be. Somber though this tale of family strife is, it is also darkly funny and so artistically satisfying that most readers come away exhilarated rather than depressed.

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