House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
(Oprah's Book Club) (Vintage Contemporaries)

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No villains here, but only precisely rendered proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, #1 New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated motion picture.


A former colonel in the Iranian Air Force yearns to restore his family's dignity. A recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold on to the one thing she has left. And her lover, a married cop, is driven to extremes to win her love.



In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakespearean consequence, Andre Dubus III's unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict, their tragedy painting a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.
 

About Andre Dubus III

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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 March 31, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 365 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for House of Sand and Fog
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

No villains here, but only precisely rendered proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 15 1999

If the tragedy that he so skillfully orchestrates cries out to be leavened with a little less desperation and some quiet glimpse of hope, the keenly perceptive and moving narrative is proof that the son and namesake of one of our most talented writers has embarked on a dazzling career in his own right.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Liz Keuffer on Jan 22 2011

We might not always like these characters, but we care about them deeply and want everything to run smoothly for them. It is a testament to Dubus's style that he allows them sometimes to stumble.

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Brothers Judd

Good
on Nov 21 2000

...I could barely stand the last hundred pages of this book, I was so distraught. If you can withstand a story that is like watching a car accident in which one of your friends is driving, I heartily recommend this novel, but it's not for the faint of heart.

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Literate Housewife

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jan 09 2012

House of Sand and Fog was well worth the wait, although I never should have waited so long. Dubus is a wonderful author. His work is dark and brooding, certainly not something to pick up when feeling lonely or on a rainy day. Dubus is unafraid to lay bare all there is to see about his subjects.

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She Treads Softly Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Lori L. on Aug 09 2009

While Dubus is a good writer and gave a different voice to each of his characters, I just can't recommend The House of Sand and Fog. I didn't like any of the characters and had to force myself to finish it just to see how it was going to end.

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