Customer Reviews for

Selected Stories

Average Rating 4
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2007

    Amazing truths

    These stories are so real. The characters are described with intimacy, compassion, and truth. Dubus has such a feel for what is in the human heart. I cried several times while reading the stories. They aren't easy, but they endure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 3, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    An American Master

    Contrary to one of the anonymous reviews below, these are moral stories in the highest sense of the word. Dubus creates real-life characters who must make difficult moral choices. He does not manipulate his characters by providing them with easy or conventional alternatives. He allows his characters to live, and in confronting loneliness, religion, adultery, and other choices, the characters affirm the value of life. Readers looking for cheap uplift, sentimentality, or slam-bang plot contrivances should look elsewhere. Those wanting to see how psychological and social complexity can be created in remarkably few pages should start with this career-spanning retrospective by a true American master.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Best book I've read in years

    This book is awesome. It's very realistic and in touch with people's emotions. Anyone who cannot appreciate such deep emotional stories is emotionally unattached. Not for the narrow-minded reader.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    Dubus's Folly

    Dubus alienates his readers by placing them in settings with promiscuous women who are so degrading to themselves that they exemplify the plight of the whore. This book is trash and anyone who wants to read about selfish whores can do so. This book is terrible and I will NEVER read anything by Dubus. 'Killings,' too, is not as great as it is supposed to be. The screenwriters for In the Bedroom changed a bland, boring story into a successful movie. Dubus's work is trash and I would not recommend this reading to anyone. It is hard to understand his infatuation with whores. I do not want to understand such horrible women.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1