Bluesman by Andre DUBUS

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It is the summer of 1967 and Leo Suther is about to turn eighteen.  This is the summer that everyone has something to teach Leo.  His father warns him that "life can turn on a dime."  Allie, his girlfriend, wants to teach him about love.  Her father, the local communist and civil rights organizer, lectures him on politics and carpentry.  And Ryder, a family friend, wants to show Leo the magic of the harmonica--harp of the blues. However, when Leo's life threatens to come unglued, it is his mother's wisdom he turns to.  Though she died before Leo was five, her voice lives on in her diaries and poems, testifying to the strength of her love for her husband and son--a love that can still, years later, offer consolation.

About Andre DUBUS

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Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award) and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.
Published April 19, 1993 by Faber & Faber. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although she died when Leo was five, Mrs. Sutter wrote him a sheaf of poems and notes that his father has just turned over, as a kind of inheritance.

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In a gentle and winning first novel by the author of The Cage Keeper and Other Stories , 17-year-old Leo Suther faces some difficult growing up in the summer of 1967.

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While this device seems a tad forced, Dubus uses it to introduce the particulars of Jim and Katie Faye's romance and to provide Leo with the motivation for his fateful decisions late in the book.

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