Running with Scissors Study Guide

Running with Scissors

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running With Scissors is a memoir in which Augusten Burroughs recounts his unusual childhood after his mother sends him to live with her psychiatrist, Dr. Finch, at age twelve. There are few rules in the Finch household, and both Augusten and Dr. Finch's other children do mostly as they please, including smoking pot and having sex. At age thirteen, Augusten begins a sexual relationship with Finch's thirty-three-year-old son. Despite this unorthodox, and at times damaging, parenting method, Augusten comes to think of the Finches as his family.

Neil knocks on Augusten’s bedroom door at two in the morning to tell him that he is going out to buy some film. A few hours later he still hasn’t returned, and Augusten gets an odd hunch that he has run away. He calls Amtrak and finds out the Neil purchased a ticket to New York City.

Hope and Augusten drive to Greenwich village and search for him to no avail. They return home where Augusten waits by the phone hoping Neil will call. He never does, nor does he return, leaving Augusten with yet more feelings of confusion.

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