In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.
In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty"tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she’s met surfing the Web.
Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:1959
Place of Birth:California
Education:University of Texas at Austin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Since retiring, I have become an avid reader, but am fairly new to the short story genre. I must say that this book really captured my attention and imagination with its vivid, realistic and compelling images concerning the frailties of human relationships. To me, there's nothing quite like being absorbed into, seduced by, a good book. This is one of those books in my estimation.
Pathetic stories that keep repeating the same theme:drunk losers obsessed with sex. Author takes sorry hollywood stab at "sex sells" and shock value. Waste of tine and money.