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We Can't Go Home Again [Kindle Edition]

Max Andrew Dubinsky
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Are any of us beyond forgiveness? A college student's sexual addiction leads to a family tragedy. A boy must navigate life and love with everything he has ever felt available for all to see on his sleeve. A young man followed by mysterious men in suits returns home for his father's funeral. A man crosses the country in an attempt to make right his decision in choosing between the life of the woman he loved and the life of his unborn child. And a couple meets during a violent traffic accident, discovering the greatest injuries inflected upon us are not of the flesh, but of the heart. Featuring six different stories, We Can't Go Home Again follows the lives of seven broken individuals desperately seeking redemption and a second chance.

Editorial Reviews


"We Can't Go Home Again is a uniquely told process of discovery, painting a landscape of human angst and pain in search of redemption. Dubinsky has a unique way of capturing the inner world of a tortured soul by telling their outward story. His minimalist approach to writing allows the reader to search for and find himself in the staccato style dialogue and storylines. I couldn't put these stories down, and in turn, these stories never let me down."
-Bob Hamp, author of Think Differently, Live Differently

"Dubinsky is a natural storyteller. And like any great bard, Max appeals to our whole selves -- the broken, bitter, and beautiful. His voice is honest and unassuming. These heartfelt stories are full of humanity and sure to make you remember home -- a place full of laughter, tears, and healing."
-Jeff Goins, 

From the Author

We Can't Go Home Again is a collection of short fiction following the lives of seven different individuals desperately seeking redemption and a second chance. From sexual addiction to abortion and death, I have often been questioned how I can call myself a Christian, yet write fiction which violently explores the gritty and dark nature of our hearts. We Can't Go Home Again was written to show that the light shines brightest in the darkness, and that no one is beyond forgiveness.

Product Details

  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069DS4I2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So moved by the deep resonating in my soul. May 8, 2012
By Cara H
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Oh goodness, where do you begin to review a book full of short stories, where each one kept you gripping the edge of your seat? I remember exactly where I was when I read this book, and the way it took my breath away. I could hardly believe what I was reading, the shock at every turn. Max is an unbelievable writer; my favorite of all time, besides his wife Lauren. Thank you for bringing this beauty into the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transparent and True May 8, 2012
By Nathan
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This book truly hit home with me. I respect and admire Max Dubinsky for his honesty, transparency, and refusal to sugar-coat life. If more Christian authors would take the stance of transparency and humility that Max takes, then people, especially Christians, could learn and examine life more deeply and fully.

This book is truly amazing. I highly recommend it to any adult, no matter where they are in life. Thanks, Max, for pushing and challenging me with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, but Necessary February 12, 2012
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"You're going to be okay"

This is the final line of Max Dubinsky's collection of short stories, and what I found the stories to represent. The atmosphere is undeniably dark, but darkness is where humanity lies. Not in the bright and colorful rainbows.

On why Max writes about the darkness, look no further than this short quote from an interview with AenonFire:

"Look, life is ugly. Life is broken. We live in a fallen world, and I think the best redemption comes out of that. I'm fascinated by the way we humans handle being broken...that's where redemption lies: in being broken. That's why I write about it."

For the solid investment of $.99 and a little bit of your time, here's what you're getting: A very well-written set of stories that highlight people who are living in despair. Despite all of the bad things that happen to them, life goes on.

Horrible things happen to all kinds of people, and there will be a time when we're all down in the dumps of life.

But we're going to be okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A distinct voice, telling meaningful stories January 25, 2012
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Max Andrew Dubinsky focuses his rare talent on themes including love, loss, family identity and sexual addiction in his masterful debut 'We Can't Go Home Again.' Dubinsky lets the reality of hurting and broken characters take these stories where they should go, and that includes moving through some rough terrain. It's a testament to his integrity and courage as a writer that he avoids the conventional Christian writing traps by never playing it safe, sanitizing human struggle, or being didactic. There is beauty in these pages, and hope that comes about in surprising ways. One of the best things that I can say about what he does is that you will remember it.

ian ebright
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Donald Miller November 30, 2011
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These stories are all fiction, but the writing style is similar to that of Donald Miller. Dubinsky is raw and unfiltered. He conveys a positive message without shoving his beliefs down your throat. The stories are all fast paced; he is able to set up a scene and keep the plot moving forward seamlessly. I don't know how long the dollar price will last, but if you purchase now it will be the best way you can spend a dollar on yourself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing & great stories May 8, 2012
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You'll absolutely be sucked into the stories and won't be able to put it down. The characters are real and the stories are heartbreaking. My one problem (and the reason I can't give it five stars) is the ending. Just didn't do it for me. Since Max Dubinsky is a Christ-Follower, and has hope, I feel he should offer it to those who don't have it. To me, the ending left the hopeless even more hopeless. Ending aside however, I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down - nice work Max.
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5.0 out of 5 stars five words. May 8, 2012
By Nick
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real. raw. dark. messy. beautiful.

this collection of short stories written by max dubinsky is both disturbing & beautiful, all at the same time. with believable characters, and stories that feel so real you can't help but believe that they are part of a non-fiction memoir, we can't go home again will pull your heart in a million different directions. dubinsky's writes in such a way that you can't put the book down until you've finished the story. and one of those best parts about we can't go home again, is that each story ends in such a way that it is up to the reader to fill in the gaps. this unique writing style perfects the technique of allowing every reader to make each story his or her own. and similarly to real life, there isn't always a happy ending. but there's a beauty in the brokenness.

i've never been one to read short stories, but if you're a fan of words & stories, i would highly recommend we can't go home again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Swept Away in This Story! May 8, 2012
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Somewhere between searching for a linear story line and gleefully abandoning that quest, Dubinsky had his hooks in me. "We Can't Go Home Again" reads something like Kerouac or Palahniuk, but has us looking into dark corners and longing for redemption. In this case, we find it -- not in resolution but in hope. This feels like a writer coming into his own, and I will definitely be following his work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
this book made no sense. I thought eventually it would come together but even to the end I had no idea what this was even about. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Angie Drury
5.0 out of 5 stars I still read this years later
Each little bit is pretty good, some are powerful, some are funny, some are both. MAD is a pretty good writer and manages to wax poetic even outside the poems. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Kingsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, and recommended for everyone
Max Dubinsky's writings are like heat seeking missiles on the look for your nerve centers. It's not prose intended to be glossed over, as it won't let you do that anyway. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matthew A. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling short stories!
Max Andrew Dubinsky is one of the best and most honesy authors I've ever encountered.
I love these stories and read them over and over
Published 13 months ago by Melaney Stanberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this really his first book?
Excellent book of short stories. Intense and beautiful. Definitely something you'll want to read again and again and again... Don't hesitate to buy this little gem.
Published 14 months ago by Whitney Tate
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
I did not know what to expect when I first ordered the book. But I am glad I got to read it. This is a good book and I enjoyed reading the different stories in the book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrea Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories
well written and fun to read. MAX has a way with words that allows his readers to easily submerge themselves in his created worlds leaving you contemplative and challenged.
Published 19 months ago by Diona Navarro
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar.
Stellar. Thought provoking. More honest than you want. Closer to reality than you wished for, purchasing fiction. Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Reagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, quick read
The story was real and interesting, albeit it somewhat depressing. Normally I tend towards fiction, but this was a good, quick read that I would recommend.
Published 23 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll feel it in your bones.
We Can't Go Home Again is poignant, brilliant, and resonates in the soul. Max takes tragedy and weaves in it an undeniable hope. Read more
Published 23 months ago by JBird1205
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