This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff came to my attention thanks to an article in The Writer magazine. It is a memoir about the tumultuous early life of the author.

After being separated from his father and older brother, Tobias became the innocent victim of his divorced mother who dragged him across the country living hand to mouth. Easily attracted to toxic men, his mother’s poor relationship choices resulted in an unhappy life for her young son.

I was impressed with Wolf’s writing style. Told in the first-person, it is a powerful story. I completed the book wanting to know more about his mother’s early life and wished it had been told, but this memoir is narrated in the voice of a young man who is abused and unable to understand his plight. I recommend this memoir based mostly on the quality of the storytelling.

About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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