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“As a bit boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods the place there has been a lifeless physique. He buried it and informed me i need to by no means inform. It was once the one factor we’d ever performed jointly as father and son, and that i promised to not inform. yet in contrast to so much desires, the reminiscence of this one by no means left me. And sometimes…I wasn’t altogether convinced approximately something: was once it only a dream?”

When Augusten Burroughs was once small, his father used to be a shadowy presence in his lifestyles: a kind at the stairs, a cough from the basement, a silent determine smoking a cigarette at midnight. As Augusten grew older, anything sinister inside his father started to unfurl.  anything darkish and secretive which can now not be named. 

Betrayal after surprising betrayal ensued, and Augusten’s early life used to be over. the type of father he sought after didn’t exist for him. This father was once far away, aloof, uninterested…

And then the “games” began.

With A Wolf on the Table, Augusten Burroughs makes a quantum jump into untapped emotional terrain: the unconventional pendulum swing among love and hate, the unspeakably terrifying courting among father and son. instructed with hot honesty and penetrating perception, it's a tale for a person who has ever longed for unconditional love from a father or mother. although harrowing and brutal, A Wolf on the Table will eventually go away you buoyed with the profound pleasure of easily being alive. It’s a memoir of beautiful mental cruelty and the redemptive strength of hope.


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