Let me tell you briefly how I came to reading it. If you’re a regular reader of this blog (and why wouldn’t you be?!), you might’ve noticed that I’m very fond of the band Tegan and Sara. Now it so happens that Augusten Burroughs made an audio book of A Wolf At The Table, and Tegan Quin wrote a song for the occasion. It’s called His Love and it’s very beautiful, in a very sad way.
One, two, three, four
His love right out the door
The full title of the book is “A Wolf At The Table: A Memoir Of My Father”, and it is about the relationship Augusten had with his father, mostly when growing up. To say it was not a healthy relationship would be the understatement of the century. His father was a cruel and (mostly emotionally) abusive man.
Now, since Tegan spoke so well of this book, I figured I’d read it, too. Actually, my best friend bought it first, and I followed her example, and we did this really nifty thing where we read the book together, so that we’re more motivated. However, this is a book that needs no extra motivation. It is captivating and it is cruel and sad and suspenseful and the fact that it’s all true is heartbreaking. Yet, you can’t put it down. We read it very quickly and talked it through and are now determined to read his other stuff, too. You can’t help but admire Augusten for what he seems to have become, despite everything.
Augusten, with that love stuck inside
how did you ever sleep at night?
A Wolf At The Table at Amazon.com
His Love by Tegan Quin [YouTube]
Augusten Burroughs on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos [YouTube]