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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Andre Dubus III lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Date of Birth:1959
Place of Birth:California
Education:University of Texas at Austin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This collection of short stories takes you to the dark side of life, to the gritty, dusty corners of people's hearts and lives. I am a big fan of Dubus's novels, House of Sand and Fog and Garden of Last Days. He is definitely an author who likes to explore the darker, more complicated parts of the human psyche. I enjoyed some stories in this collection more than others, Mountains being my favorite, but the whole book is only 145 pages and a quick read and it's worth it, though I highly recommend House of Sand and Fog (first), then Garden of Last Days over this one.
Dubus III uses intelligent prose as always...well-thought characters dwell on our darker side...