This Boy’s Life: A Memoir
When it was originally published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1989, This Boy’s Life was instantly heralded by the critics and became a national best-seller. Since then, the book has come to be universally recognized as a true modern classic of autobiography. 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 dose, almost telepathic relationship. As Toby fights for identity and self-respect against thc 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.
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