Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III (b. 1959), who teaches at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, is a 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He is the author of five works of fiction, most recently Dirty Love (2013). His novel House of Sand and Fog (1999) was turned into an Academy Award–nominated film released in 2003. The following is an excerpt from his nonfiction book, Townie: A Memoir (2011).