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ISBN-13: 978-0879232849 ISBN-10: 0879232846

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David R Godine (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879232846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879232849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title story alone will make it worth your while to go out and get the book. --New York Times Book Review

['Adultery'] is a stunning vision of loss, domination and redemption, and Andre Dubus is a wonderful writer. --Boston Globe

All his work is informed by a quality rare in fiction: compassion. --The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dubus controls his voice tightly, and the observations he chooses to release to us, while seemingly random and often light-hearted, have beneath them almost a wild, frantic quality. --The Chicago Tribune

All his work is informed by a quality rare in fiction: compassion. --The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Andre Dubus (1936-1999) is considered one of the greatest American short story writers of the twentieth century. His collections of short fiction, which include Adultery & Other Choices (1977), The Times Are Never So Bad (1983), and The Last Worthless Evening (1986), are notable for their spare prose and illuminative, albeit subtle, insights into the human heart. He is often compared to Anton Chekhov and revered as a "writer's writer."

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These stories are powerful as Dubus is able to make even the smallest moments sincere and heart wrenching.
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That is, he will introduce the character, summarize the position they are in, and then build up their history to what is often a very powerful conclusion.
Dale Murphy
This, like all his collections, is a good read, and any fan of well written literary fiction should check this out.
Jake Barnes

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Dale Murphy on June 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I read Dubus I am reminded of a statement I read by Dostoyevsky about the difficulty a writer has depicting ordinary people. Dubus nullifies that; I have never encountered another author who appears to so effortlessly capture the subtle and poignant shades of commonplace experience. There are passages, pages, entire sections of his stories which read like pure intuition. He has such a gift for depicting the silences, the unspoken nuances, the dark matrices between family and lovers, and the fatal and visceral inner movements on which relationships hang that when reading him I feel as if I have entered a black room, donned goggles, and suddenly see about me the numerous red beams hidden to the natural eye guarding the heart of the room. His insight is so astounding that it would be easy to overlook his taut architectonics and lean and wiry prose.
For those who have not read him, Dubus' stories tend to follow the same D-A-B-C-E line. That is, he will introduce the character, summarize the position they are in, and then build up their history to what is often a very powerful conclusion. He also tends to use little dialogue; instead, he often takes the position of an unseen observer. His style always suggest to me something painterly. Like Edith, the principal character of the title novella, we are drawn to fleshlessly insert ourselves, to mesh with those we are watching.
This particular work is divided into three segments. The first dwells upon childhood and youth. An Afternoon With The Old Man, Contrition, and The Bully center around a young boy named Paul Clement and particularly his relationship with his father. Graduation is about a young woman's attempts to obliterate her high school reputation for being easy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IUBookReviewer on March 1, 2010
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Time and time again professors, critics, publishers, and even the common reader look to Raymond Carver as the master of the short story. This simply is not fact. True, Carver is great, but he merely skims the surface of human behavior. In this collection, Dubus's second, through Catholicism, father-son relationships, marriage, and working class New England, Dubus delivers to his readers the human with his/her warts and all. These stories are powerful as Dubus is able to make even the smallest moments sincere and heart wrenching. Stories that stand out in the collection are Contrition, An Afternoon With the Old Man, and The Bully. Read this collection. Notice Dubus's sentence variety and description. This is how one writes, and honestly, Carver could have taken a note from this master. All of Dubus's collections are amazing. Personally, I read them from earliest to his last, but anywhere is a good starting point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake Barnes on February 17, 2009
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This book contains "The Fat Girl": one of the finest short stories of the second-half of the 20th century. Raymond Carver included it when editing his book American Short Story Masterpieces, and it belongs on any serious short story reader's book shelf. It's one of the few times that Dubus is able to mold a seemingly ordinary premise into something powerful and transcendent.

Most of the other stories here are hit and miss: sometimes they come together beautifully, other times they don't always gel; but the writing is always first rate. Dubus is a writer's writer and his prose is always full of interesting turns of phrase, intricately built sentences, and solidly crafted paragraphs.

This, like all his collections, is a good read, and any fan of well written literary fiction should check this out.
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Growing up in Louisiana and a career in the marines, Dubus brings exceptional sensitivity and insight into relationships that probably mirror much of his life.
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