Dubin's Lives by Bernard Malamud
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With a new introduction by Thomas Mallon



Dubin's Lives (1979) is a compassionate and wry commedia, a book praised by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times as Malamud's "best novel since The Assistant. Possibly, it is the best he has written of all."



Its protagonist is one of Malamud's finest characters; prize-winning biographer William Dubin, who learns from lives, or thinks he does: those he writes, those he shares, the life he lives. Now in his later middle age, he seeks his own secret self, and the obsession of biography is supplanted by the obsession of love--love for a woman half is age, who has sought an understanding of her life through his books. Dubin's Lives is a rich, subtle book, as well as a moving tale of love and marriage.



 

About Bernard Malamud

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ALAN CHEUSE is the book commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." NICHOLAS DELBANCO directs the Hopwood Awards program and the MFA in writing program at the University of Michigan.
 
Published September 18, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 377 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dubin's wife Kitty was a widow with a small son when they "married as strangers holding to strange pasts"--he answered her discreet personal ad in The Nation And now they're alone together in often-snowbound Vermont, where rigorous Dubin slaves away at turning a desk covered with index cards into...

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