Friday, January 7, 2011
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
I was introduced to the work of Tobias Wolff by the movie adaptation of his memoir This Boy's Life, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Deniro. It describes the author's adolescence as he and his mother travel the country in search of a better life, fleeing one abusive husband for another one. I saw the movie by chance on TV when I was in high school so I'm not that sure if I would still be particularly moved by it today, but it inspired me to read the book, which inspired me to read the rest of his fiction. As I've said before in this blog, Wolff was a huge influence on my writing while I was in college. I haven't read anything of his in awhile but maybe it's time to pick up a short story again.