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A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs (Hardcover, 2008) First Edition

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A Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs (First Edition)

"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.

About the Author

Augusten Burroughs is the author of Possible Side EffectsMagical ThinkingDryRunning with Scissors, and Sellevision.


Format: Hardback | 242 pages

Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.6  x 2.4 | 372g

Publication Date: 01 Apr 2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication City/Country: New York, United States

Language: English

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0312342020

ISBN13: 9780312342029


Condition: Very Good

A book that does not look new and has been read but is in excellent condition. No obvious damage to the cover, with the dust jacket included and in good condition (minor scuff marks on the back, and a fair amount of creasing on the inside flaps, particularly the front flap). No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.