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Outside Providence

Peter Farrelly
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Timothy Dunphy is a young native of working class Pawtucket, Rhode Island, whose mother committed suicide, and whose thuggish father calls him ‘Dildo’. Timothy’s meagre existence changes dramatically when his dad exploits shady connections to get him into a posh Connecticut prep school. But Timothy struggles with his new schoolmates, struggles with the opposite sex, and continues to struggle in his relationship to his father, whom he blames for his mother’s demise. Outside Providence is a funny, melancholy novel of a young man’s coming of age in the 1970s.


Peter Farrelly was born in 1957 in Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA, and graduated from Providence College. In 1994 he co-wrote (with his brother Bobby) and directed the hit film comedy Dumb and Dumber. He and Bobby then co-directed Kingpin (1996) and shared both writing and directing duties on There’s Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself and Irene (2000) and Osmosis…

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