Last spring I read "Running with Scissors" by Augustine Burroughs for my book club. This is the prequel to that book. This is the story of Burroughs' childhood growing up with a sociopathic father. I would describe reading "Running with Scissors" like a car accident, you don't want to look but you can't help it. The book dealt with some disturbing stuff but you just couldn't stop reading it. "A Wolf at the Table" is just as disturbing and a lot more depressing. In "Scissors" Burroughs was able to bring a little humor to his writing, in "Wolf" there is no humor just sad and dark things. I'm sure you are probably wondering why in the world would you even want to read this, Burroughs has a way about his writing that just makes you want to keep reading and you just fly through his books. I was able to complete this one in about 2 days. I definitely do not recommend this to anyone who is looking for a lighthearted read. It was tough in some spots.