This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff

This memoir explores the author's challenging childhood as he moves across the country with his divorced mother, fleeing an abusive relationship and seeking a better life. The young boy struggles with his identity, often resorting to lies and deceit to create a more favorable image of himself. As he navigates adolescence in a small town in the 1950s, he contends with a violent stepfather, school troubles, and his own rebellious nature. Despite the adversity, he maintains a sense of hope and resilience, offering a compelling portrait of a young man coming of age in post-war America.

The 1627th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 300

Since this book was first published in 1989, there is a penalty of 24.0%. The age adjusted score is 228.0.

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