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.
- June 2014
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 320 pages
- Sales Territory: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“Starred review. First rate fiction by a dazzling talent.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Starred review. “Electrifying, compassionate, and profound. These are masterful
and ravishing tales of loneliness, confusion, betrayal,
the hunger for oblivion, and the quest for forgiveness.” — Booklist
“Superb. . . . Once again, Dubus creates deeply flawed characters
and challenges the reader to identify with their common
humanity.” — Publishers Weekly
“Dubus delivers strong insights into bad behavior.” — Mary Pols, San Francisco Chronicle
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