Selected Stories

Selected Stories

by Andre Dubus


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ISBN-13: 9780679767305
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1995
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 874,342
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

The author of nine works of fiction, Andre Dubus received the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rea Award for excellence in short fiction, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Boston Globe's first annual Lawrence L. Winship Award, and fellowships from both the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations. Until his death in 1999, he lived in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

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Anne Tyler

Stunning…a fine, deeply rewarding collection from one of this country's ablest writer.

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Selected Stories 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
VeronicaH. on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Andre Dubus is my favorite American short story writer. In fact, he is one of my few favorite American writers period. He has the realism of Cheever and Carver, but more warmth than Carver and Hemingway. His prose is understated and never unnecessary; he is one of the few writers I have read where every word in every sentence, and every sentence is not only necessary, but meaningful as well (Tom Robbins and Virginia Woolf are others). He is worth reading for his prose alone. Many, if not most, of his stories take place in the New England area, and as such allow for an interesting portrait of that area. I used to want to live in Maine, before I wanted to live in Savannah, GA, so I have some interest in the area itself. Dubus was apparently born in Louisiana, but spent his later years in Haverhill, Massachusettes. The characters are humanely and fully realized, as if they could be someone you pass on the street. The stories seem like briefly opened windows into the characters' lives. As I said above, Dubus has the realism of Carver and Hemingway, but his prose and his treatment of his characters is much warmer than Hemingway's sparse dialogue or Carver's post-modern coldness. The characters do struggle with how to connect to one another, but it doesn't feel cold, cut off or lifeless; it doesn't feel bleak (even though some of the subject matter certainly is). I don't need warm fuzzies to make me a happy reader, and Dubus offers few of these, but I do need a certain level of humanity to be present in what I read. And it's this, the variety of humanity, that Dubus offers us.
twryan72 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Great short stories. The movie In The Bedroom is based on one.
petescisco on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Dubus is called a "writers writer," but his stories can reach the soul of anyone who opens these pages. His characters and their circumstances are so skillfully and sympathetically rendered that it makes you remember why you love to read and why fiction is so important to understanding the truth of the human heart and mind, not just the facts of human behavior.
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mickelsson More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.