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A Wolf at the Table A Memoir of My Father

Augusten Burroughs; Original music by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin

Picador

0312428278

9780312428273

Trade Paperback

272 Pages

$15.00

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With A Wolf at the Table, the prequel to his bestseller Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs re-creates the unspeakably terrifying relationship between a sociopathic father and a son yearning for unconditional love. Emotionally unflinching and brave, A Wolf at the Table is a truly devastating look at the distance that can separate fathers and sons.

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"Burroughs is doing something new here: ripping the scabs off emotional wounds without his usual acidic humor to deaden the pain . . . Burroughs retains his capacity to move the reader: There is gorgeous writing on every page."—Monica Holloway, The Washington Post

"As the pre-eminent writer of family dysfunction, Burroughs makes a convincing new case for the common heartbreak of distance between fathers and sons."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A moving depiction of fear and powerlessness from a child's point of view . . . This is a serious book by a grown-up writer."—Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

"An infinitely darker work than the author's previous takes on family dysfunction. Before his mother sent him to live with the loony shrink he immortalized in Running With Scissors, Burroughs was a kid at the mercy of a father he believes was a sociopath . . . Burrough's famous humor is mostly absent from this account, yet Wolf is not a grim book. How did he survive? . . . Writing—luckily for him and us—helped save him."—People

"With his new book, Burroughs breaks our hearts. Big time . . . A Wolf at the Table skillfully reminds us that the past never goes away. It's in our blood."—Rocky Mountain News

"This memoir is brilliantly written, with a wolf-at-the-door sense of danger palpable on every page."—Houston Chronicle

"Whether your childhood was a fairy tale or a horror story, you'll be engrossed . . . The bestselling author bravely lays bare his deepest yearnings and most frightening memories. Even fans of his previous work will be shocked by this story, the first chapter of a remarkable life."—Parade

"A powerful testament to the author's ability to create art from the leaden dross of a terrible childhood . . . A moving tribute to a childhood survived and a chilling documentation of parental power run amuck."—The Charlotte Observer

"A searing, emotional portrait of a son who wants nothing more than the love his father will not grant him, Burroughs's latest memoir is indeed powerful."—Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

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Chapter 1
Sitting in my high chair, I held a saltine cracker up to my eye and peered through one of the tiny holes, astonished that I could see so much through such a small opening. Everything on the other side of the kitchen seemed nearer when viewed through this little window.
The cracker was huge, larger than my hand. And through this pinprick hole I could see the world.
I brought the cracker to my lips, nibbled off the corners, and mashed the rest into a dry, salty dust. I clapped, enchanted. 
The hem of my mother’s skirt. A wicker lantern that hangs from the ceiling,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Augusten Burroughs; Original music by Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson, and Tegan Quin

  • Augusten Burroughs is the New York Times bestselling author of Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking, Dry, Running with Scissors, and Sellevision. His work has been published in more than twenty-five countries. He lives in New York City and Amherst, Massachusetts.

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