Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

by Andre Dubus III
Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin

by Andre Dubus III


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From the masterful mind of Andre Dubus III comes a look back at the challenges he faced and his subsequent successes. Dubus has been through it, and he has the literary chops to turn those experiences into meaningful reflections. And on top of all that, the narrative voice is endearing and empathetic.

From the literary master and best-selling author of Townie, reflections on a life of challenges, contradictions, and fulfillments.

During childhood summers in Louisiana, Andre Dubus III’s grandfather taught him that men’s work is hard. As an adult, whether tracking down a drug lord in Mexico as a bounty hunter or grappling with privilege while living with a rich girlfriend in New York City, Dubus worked—at being a better worker and a better human being.

In Ghost Dogs, Dubus’s nonfiction prowess is on full display in his retelling of his own successes, failures, triumphs, and pain. In his longest essay, “If I Owned a Gun,” Dubus reflects on the empowerment and shame he felt in keeping a gun, and his decision, ultimately, to give it up. Elsewhere, he writes of a violent youth and of settled domesticity and fatherhood, about the omnipresent expectations and contradictions of masculinity, about the things writers remember and those they forget. Drawing upon kindred literary spirits from Rilke to Rumi to Tim O’Brien, Ghost Dogs renders moments of personal revelation with emotional generosity and stylistic grace, ultimately standing as essential witness and testimony to the art of the essay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324000440
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/05/2024
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 274,778
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andre Dubus III is the author of Such Kindness and eight other books, including the bestsellers Townie, a memoir; and House of Sand and Fog, a National Book Award Finalist in Fiction and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. He lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.


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University of Texas at Austin
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