The Violent Child by Michael Sheridan
A Novel

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Teddie Durban is a college English professor who visits his elderly mother, Lorraine, at her inner-city apartment. Cigarettes and alcohol have stolen the health of the bony, blue-haired woman, yet Teddie glimpses the two-fisted young steelworker beneath the sagging skin and bloated belly -- the alley fighter, the body puncher, a woman fully able to bully life into a corner, then apply fists, feet, and teeth.Teddie and Lorraine spend the evening drinking and vying to tell the story of their youth -- mother and child -- as they struggled to survive the blue-collar poverty, alcoholism, and violence of a 1950's steel town. As in all their visits, they hope to stretch one another out, "to see how much truth we can stand from one another" before they exhaust the generosity of bourbon. But, if the two share a common history, they have long passed the place where they share common language and symbols. For a young Teddie had ultimately turned from his mother's care, fleeing to the security of his grandparents' home, where he was encouraged to escape the adversity of a working-class life through their gentle guidance and insistence upon the importance of education."The Violent Child" portrays the life of a tenacious woman who struggled to make a home for her son, to nurture the disabled daughter of her lover, and to embrace the gift of an unexpected, unconventional love. It is the story of a son who finds himself, at the end of his mother's life, with a final opportunity for reconciliation.
 

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Published November 9, 2001 by Permanent Pr Pub Co. 221 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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rare but ineluctable visits from Dad—the time when he came to them bleeding profusely from a barroom brawl, or when he snuck Teddie into the bar while he got drunk with his girlfriend, only to be caught by Lorraine and beaten by her steelworker friend Trudy after he broke his wife's wrist.

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