Writer Andre Dubus said he was a small child, who wore glasses, and liked adverbs.
That, and growing up in a tough Massachussetts mill town, got him beaten up a lot.
The author of the internationally acclaimed "House of Sand and Fog" reveals in his memoir, "Townie," how he learned to live by his fists.
And then one day, something just snapped in him that led him to becoming a writer.
Andre Dubus reads from "Townie," and more in this interview from MPR News reporter Euan Kerr, including how Dubus hopes his children will read the book — but not for many years.
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