- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1470087715
- ISBN-13: 978-1470087715
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,844,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We Can't Go Home Again Paperback – November 2, 2011
"As I read We Can't Go Home Again I did so gripped to the pages...at times with tears streaming down my face. With a dark rawness and a ribbon of hope throughout, Max writes the stories of individuals I could have known. Or even could have become. A quick and yet poignant must read." -Crystal Renaud, author of Dirty Girls Come Clean
"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."-Bob Hamp, author of Think Differently, Live Differently
"[Dubinsky]...beautifully paints a poignant story of redemption, forgiveness, and home. He provides an avenue of sober self-examination and exploration...navigating through shades of gray as he takes you on a journey of honest, raw healing. A must read."-Ashley Smith, People of the Second Chance
"Dubinsky is a natural storyteller...[He] 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, goinswriter.com
About the Author
Max Andrew Dubinsky is the writer behind iamyournieghbor.com, and the creator of the online serialized graphic novel experience, Dislocated. He believes in Bigfoot, God, grace, and the giant squid.
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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.
It's true the stories are short, but individually they hold their weight and together they hit you so hard you won't forget their message anytime soon. The writing grabs you in and captures your attention as story after story paints the truth and reality of living in a broken world filled with broken people and the hope that lies within it.
All the stories were great, but "The Boy With His Heart on His Sleeve and The Girl Who Never Tried to Fix Him" continues to be my favorite of the bunch as it tells the story of a boy who literally wears his heart on his sleeve and examines what loving another person means. I read "We Can't Go Home Again" last January and I still find myself (five months later) thinking about this story. Exceptionally good.
If you've never read short stories before, I'd suggest this book as a great way of getting your toes in the water. Enjoy the read!
Max Dubinsky writes what he knows: the beautiful, but tragically flawed, nature of humanity. The picture he paints is both alluring and hard to handle -- reading We Can't Go Home Again forces you to make choices about yourself. It's not an easy read, but it is a good one.
Reader, beware: You WILL be changed.
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.
The message of hope isn't obnoxiously blunt or trite and the brokenness of the character isn't exaggerated to the point where you have to laugh at how ridiculously cursed they are. Actually, your heart breaks for them and the pain they go through.
It's real, honest, and surprisingly uplifting despite the mess the individual has made. You always finish the story with a sense that everything is "...going to be okay."