Review: A Wolf at the Table

Posted: August 16, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author: Augusten Burroughs

Paperback, 242 pages

Published in 2008 by Picador

Reader Category: Older

From the Publisher:  With A Wolf at the Table, the prequel to his phenomenal 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.

My Review:  Augusten Burroughs has a way of writing that hooks you immediately.  Sadly this memoir reads like a suspense novel, as he recounts years of terror and rejection.

His longing for a father-son connection, and the continued rejection that follows is cruel and devastating.  Forced to endure a childhood of emotional (and sometimes physical) neglect at the hands of his father, someone who is supposed to love him, leaves him scarred and afraid that his genetic makeup will determine his fate.

This is a great book that should be read by all parents.  It is a perfect script on how NOT to treat your children.  For those of us who have great relationships with our fathers, it is unfathomable that someone could be so cold and unfeeling.  Always waiting for what is to come next and fearing the worst made this book hard to put down.

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