The Winter Father: Collected Short Stories and Novellas, Volume 2

The Winter Father: Collected Short Stories and Novellas, Volume 2


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While the title novella of Dubus's Finding a Girl in America returns to the somewhat off-the-rails literary life of Hank Allison, the collection's opening story strikes a much darker tone: "Killings"—the basis of the Academy Award-nominated film In the Bedroom—is a swift tale of revenge that leaves readers wondering what they might do in the name of family love.

Dubus's prowess with narrative compression is on full display in the story "Waiting": the hollow ache experienced by a woman widowed by the Korean war, took Dubus fourteen months to write and was more than one hundred pages in early manuscript form…but spans a mere seven pages in published form.

Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Joyce Carol Oates called "The Pretty Girl"—the opening novella of The Times Are Never So Bad—"the most compelling and suspenseful work of fiction [Dubus] has written."

Richard Russo's introduction to this volume grapples with his complex feelings of reading Dubus's work over many decades, but when it comes to the much-anthologized masterpiece "A Father's Story," Russo writes: "I won't mince words. It's one of the finest stories ever penned by an American."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567926170
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher
Publication date: 06/20/2018
Series: Collected Short Stories and Novellas of Andre Dubus
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 785,194
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Andre Dubus was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to a Cajun-Irish Catholic family. He graduated from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and later moved to Massachusetts, where he taught creative writing at Bradford College. His life was marked with personal tragedies, as are those of his protagonists—ostensibly ordinary men who are drawn to addiction and violence as methods to distract themselves from their woes. Unlike his characters, however, Dubus eventually found success and repute, as well as the corresponding offers from large publishers. He nevertheless remained loyal to Godine until the end of his career.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "Original Relationships" Richard Russo ix

Finding A Girl in America

Part I

Killings 7

The Dark Men 28

His Lover 40

Townies 45

Part II

The Misogamist 61

At St. Croix 76

The Pitcher 86

Waiting 104

Part III

Delivering 113

The Winter Father 123

Finding a Girl in America 147

The Times Are Never So Bad

The Pretty Girl 217

Bless Me, Father 282

Goodbye 293

Leslie in California 304

The New Boy 309

The Captain 332

Sorrowful Mysteries 348

Anna 364

A Father's Story 388

Editor's Note & Acknowledgements 413

Author's Biography 419

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