A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father
As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of the one never left... show more
As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we'd ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of the one never left me. And sometimes I was altogether sure about one thing: Was it just a dream? In an interview, author Augusten Burroughs described this memoir as a devastating, terrifying story… I had to write it for me." On his website, he described A Wolf at the Table as the book that reveals why the author of Running with Scissors was running. Scary; jolting; unforgettable.
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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I haven't read any of Augusten's other work so I don't those to compare this one to, but this book is pretty dark and disturbing. Personally, I read this book less as a memoir and more as a work fiction just because of how it was written. I get that what he'd written very well could've happened, but...
With A Wolf at the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum leap into untapped emotional terrain: the radical pendulum swing between love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying relationship between father and son. Told with scorching honesty and penetrating insight, it is a story for anyone who has e...
I absolutely hated the first half of this book. I became suddenly aware that I had been swindled into thinking I was getting an amazing deal by finding this at the dollar store, and in the future I will be much more wary about buying books at any and all dollar stores. I really wanted to give up aft...
I know that a lot of people were disappointed in this book after Running With Scissors. Strangely enough, I liked this better than Running With Scissors. This is basically the story of Burroughs' relationship with his father. It's a relationship that was a quiet horror. Mind games are a terrible thi...
Whenever I read anything by Augusten Burroughs I'm surprised he can even function, let alone have a successful career. This is a memoir about his possibly homicidal father. Usually his books make me laugh out loud. This is not one of them. Burroughs is able to make you feel the dread he always felt ...