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Requiem, Mass.

A Novel

John Dufresne (Author, Florida International University)

Overview | Inside the Book

“Dufresne’s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.” —People

John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Massachusetts, where Johnny’s mom is driving in the breakdown lane once again. Dad is down South somewhere living his secret life. And little sister Audrey, when she’s not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33486-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 330 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.


Endorsements & Reviews

“John Dufresne imbues the most appalling stories with humor and such an even-handed warmth they almost glow. He rides the tragicomic edge.” — Miami Herald

“Dufresne’s orchestration of wayward strands of storytelling makes him a worthy heir to Laurence Sterne, James Joyce and William Faulkner.” — BookPage

“Dufresne’s characters are poignant, their frailties both pitiful and hilarious in this novel of the strong push and pull of family entanglements.” — Booklist

“Dufresne knows how to twine a poet’s language with a fictionista’s verve.” — South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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