In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.
Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.
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Figures who are completely marginal in one story reappear as central characters of other stories, a bit of trickery I was ready to dismiss as a Hollywood-baiting gimmick until Dubus, with his unusual gift for stretching the reader’s sympathy, convinced me of his true aim...He’s reminding us that we’re related to them.Read Full Review of Dirty Love | See more reviews from NY Times
But like a star quarterback who tends to drop snaps, Dubus can make dispiriting missteps...Dubus seems unconvinced that the reader will understand these predicaments as predicaments unless he spells them out.Read Full Review of Dirty Love | See more reviews from Star Tribune
The sly corrosiveness and sharply holographic details of the first three stories aren’t as evident in the novella-length “Dirty Love,” which, tempo-wise, functions as a kind of adagio to the previous movements’ andantes.Read Full Review of Dirty Love | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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