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10 books of Andre Dubus III

The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, #1 bestseller and basis for the Oscar-­nominated motion picture.

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“So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.­” —Stephen King,

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Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society-­these are the hard-­hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog.­A vigilant young man working in a halfway house finds himself unable to defend against the rage of one of the inmates in the title story. In "White Trees, Hammer Moon,­" a man soon to leave home for prison finds himself as unprepared for a family camping trip in the mountains of New Hampshire as he has been for most things in his life. And in the award-­winning "Forky,­" an ex-­con is haunted by the punishment he receives just as he is being released into the world. With an incisive ability to inhabit the lives of his characters, Dubus travels deep into the heart of the elusive American dream.

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Andre Dubus III's first novel in a decade is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy.­For as long as she can remember, Susan Dunn has been trying to escape. But peace and happiness have always eluded her—­now an adjunct professor, she is tortured by the novel she cannot finish, and a lack of feeling toward a husband who loves her. Just when she's ready to abandon everything to try again, she receives a letter that forces her to reckon with the trauma that first sent her running: her mother's murder at the hands of her father, Daniel Ahearn, forty years ago.­Daniel, out of prison and living a spartan life, has written Susan with his dying wish: to see her for the first time since a policeman tore her from his arms. But does she want to see him, and confront the reason he's been gone so long? What could Daniel possibly offer the daughter he robbed of a family? As the story moves toward a possible reunion, it pulses with emotion, probing the...

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Won Book of the Year Adult Non-­Fiction—2012 Indie Choice Awards Amazon Best Book of the Month February 2011 "Dubus relives, absent self-­pity or blame, a life shaped by bouts of violence and flurries of tenderness.­"—

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"I've never read a better or more serious meditation on violence, its sources, consequences, and, especially, its terrifying pleasures.­" —Richard Russo After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fists so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed—or killing someone else. He signed on as a boxer. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark—or more difficult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love.

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Books of Andre Dubus III