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A Wolf at the Table - Augusten Burroughs
A Wolf at the Table
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“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 this 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 this one never left me. And sometimes…I wasn’t altogether sure about one thing: was it just a dream?”When Augusten Burroughs was small, his father was a shadowy presence in his life: a form on the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent figure smoking a cigarette in the dark. As Augusten grew older, something sinister within his father began to unfurl.  Something dark and secretive that could not be named.  Betrayal after shocking betrayal ensued, and Augusten’s childhood was over. The kind of father he wanted didn’t exist for him. This father was distant, aloof, uninterested…And then the “games” began. 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 ever longed for unconditional love from a parent. Though harrowing and brutal, A Wolf at the Table will ultimately leave you buoyed with the profound joy of simply being alive. It’s a memoir of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.  
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780312342029 (0312342020)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
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Twitchy Witchy Girl
Twitchy Witchy Girl rated it
3.0 A Wolf at the Table
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...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
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...
Don't Panic - Megan's BookLikes
Don't Panic - Megan's BookLikes rated it
2.0
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...
You Know Me As Lad
You Know Me As Lad rated it
4.0 A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father
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...
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it
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 ...
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