A Wolf at the Table, written by Augusten Burroughs is his fifth memoir. His previous memoirs include Running with Scissors, Dry, Magical Thinking, and Possible Side Effects. Each book tells of different periods of his life with A Wolf at the Table focusing on his early childhood living with his depressed mother and homicidal father.
A Wolf at the Table is a memoir solely dedicated to informing the reader of what Augusten’s father was like through the eyes of a 7-8 year old Augusten. Augusten’s father was a university professor by day and brutal drunk by night. His mother’s therapist often said that he was homicidal and the stories in the book shed light on the possibility that he really was.
Augusten is seriously the most fascinating author I’ve ever read about. If you’ve never read any of his memoirs I highly suggest you do. A Wolf at the Table tells a deeply sad and hurtful part of his childhood and unlike his other books there is no humor in it. The book is told with brutal honesty and is one of the reasons I liked it so much. He’s unafraid to speak about the events most families would keep hidden in the closet.
I do not recommend this book for the faint of heart. The book tells of emotional abuse, attempted murder, and animal cruelty. Those who can look beyond that (which believe me it’s hard to do) can read an amazing memoir that tells of strength, perseverance, and above all hope.
If you would rather not read this due to the heavy subject matter, then I highly recommend you read his other memoirs. He uses a satirical tone in discussing his adolescence, as he knows that he grew up under extremely strange circumstances. Running with Scissors focuses on his teen years, Dry focuses on his 20’s when he became an alcoholic, and Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects are short story compilations that discuss various periods of his life.
5 out of 5 Stars