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This Boy's Life: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9780802136688
ISBN10: 0802136680
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Wolff's memoir retells his hardscrabble childhood in a dysfunctional family, but rather than inspire sympathy or pity, he evokes laughter. Wolff's teenage years, spent in Skagit County, Washington, are filled with the desperation of enormous creativity trapped in a midcentury small town, which left me rooting for young Tobias's escape through whatever dubious means necessary. I read this in a memoir-writing class, and for me it exemplifies the fusion of humor and hardship.
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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 two highly acclaimed collections of short stories and a short novel, The Barracks Thief, which won the 1985 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives with his family in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University.

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lukas, February 4, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Tobias Wolff's memoir of his sometimes adventurous, often difficult childhood is, by turns, gritty, tender and nostalgic. The tough time growing up memoir has become something of a cliche, but this is one of the best examples, reading like a novel with an authentic, observant American voice at its heart. Much of it takes place in Washington, so Northwest readers especially will be able to relate to it. Wolff also wrote a memoir about his time in Vietnam. Made into a film with Robert De Niro. Leonardo Dicaprio and Ellen DeBarkin.
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smilesndeed, March 31, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Well written and very much worth the cost.
Wolff is able to deliver here with a gritty, honest, powerful and at times funny tale. It would be a great first novel to read from this author
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802136688
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Wolff, Tobias
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Wolff, Tobias - Childhood and youth
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Grove Press
Series Volume:
no. 155
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.5 oz

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Wolff's memoir retells his hardscrabble childhood in a dysfunctional family, but rather than inspire sympathy or pity, he evokes laughter. Wolff's teenage years, spent in Skagit County, Washington, are filled with the desperation of enormous creativity trapped in a midcentury small town, which left me rooting for young Tobias's escape through whatever dubious means necessary. I read this in a memoir-writing class, and for me it exemplifies the fusion of humor and hardship.

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