I had found a new way to express myself, and it was with words.
As one way to control my violence as a young guy, I actually started to box. And I was training for the Golden Gloves Competition down in Lowell, the town that the movie “The Fighter” made famous - for those that don’t know Lowell or that Jack Kerouac came from there. I was very disciplined about this and that was something I was really planning to do.
Andre Dubus III is an American writer of fiction and memoir. His 1999 novel House of Sand and Fog lounged for 20 weeks on The New York Times’s Bestseller List in 2000 and 2001 and became a feature film in 2003. His 2008, based-on-real-events novel The Garden of Last Days explores the final days of one of the 9/11 terrorists, who chose to spend them indulging in the sins of the West. His 2012 memoir Townie is a profound meditation on the nature of violence. Born in 1959, Dubus obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas. Before succeeding as a writer, he worked odd jobs as a carpenter, bounty hunter, and bartender.