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Adultery & Other Choices: Nine Short Stories and a Novella

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The classic Dubus collection—now available as an ebook

Dubus’s second collection of short fiction: a compassionate portrayal of man’s journey from childhood to maturity

For the adolescents in Part One of Andre Dubus’s Adultery & Other Choices, youth is characterized by humiliation, alienation, and disappointment: A son struggles to connect with his distant father, and l
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Published November 23rd 2010 by Open Road Media (first published 1977)
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Brian
More great stories from a master of the genre. This collection, written in the mid '70s, contains three sections: the first is a group of semi-related stories; most follow the young life of Paul Clement, although the last story of the bunch "The Fat Girl" stands on its own and is the best of the group.

Part 2 of the collection are narratives with the Marines as a common element. "Corporal of Artillery" and "Andromache" are both superb.

The final section of the book is the novella "Adultery" - a co
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Mikki
Finished in one day. Could not put this book down for longer than a few minutes. Character driven short stories which tell intimate tales of loss, betrayal, unrealized dreams. All of Dubus' individuals are fractured in some way--self, family, community--which make the stories painfully raw and yet all the more real.... The title story alone is enough for you to get hold of this book.
Eraserhead
Some absolutely beautiful, affecting stories that focus more on raw emotional content than typical literary tricks. A great counterbalance to the MFA style of writing that i see so often, the Flanner O'Connor or Junot Diaz stuff, stories that employs clever phrasing or themes to carry the narrative weight. The best of these stories feel like lived experience rather than a clever literary game. There are no blatant metaphors or symbols---just life, boiled onto the page.

The best of the batch:
Gradu
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Craig
Adultery & Other Choices by Andre Dubus, 1977, Publisher: David R. Godine, Boston
Relationships 101
Andre Dubus provides the reader of Adultery & Other Choices with a unique view on relationships and the best way to utterly and completely upright their foundations-dying. The book is focused in two parts one of childhood, broken and taught, while the other is past maturation full of loss and remorse. The beginning grips the reader, a tear jerker yet not what catches the eye. The big guns of
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Jacquelyn Mccaw
Adultery is a choice…among many others.

Andre Dubus
Adultery & Other Choices
Open Road, New York, 2010

Adultery and Other Choices consists of nine short stories and a novella. The book is broken into three parts, in which Dubus skillfully depicts the strifes and challenges of real life, and at the same time, mirrors the progression of complex obstacles as we age through each part. Part one contains five short stories with the theme centering around the struggles of the characters in their youth.
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Jared Houston
"Edith studied the girl's eyes. They were brown, and showed nothing. A student. Couldn't she understand what she was hearing? That she had come without history into not history, that in a year or more or less she would be gone with her little heart broken or, more than likely, her cold little heart intact, her eyes and lips intact, having given nothing and received less: a memory for Hank to smile over in a moment of a spring afternoon. But then Edith looked away from the eyes. None of this matt ...more
David R.  Godine
"The title story alone will make it worth your while to go out and get the book."
New York Times Book Review

"('Adultery') is a stunning vision of loss, domination and redemption, and Andre Dubus is a wonderful writer."
Boston Globe

"All his work is informed by a quality rare in fiction: compassion."
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Dubus controls his voice tightly, and the observations he chooses to release to us, while seemingly random and often light-hearted, have beneath them almost a wild, franti
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Sergio
I was going to give it 4 stars, but the self-titled novella and especially its ending raised it five.

Dubus writes with a sensitivity to all his characters and an incisiveness that can be quite painful to read at times, but also very moving. He describes the sense of seemingly inescapable desperation within the mundane without introducing contrivances or unrealistic plot twists. Instead, it's all very powerful because the characters he create feel complex and contradictory and their lives and st
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Sharon
He's a good writer. Reading about adultery not the funnest thing, but he makes everyone human, so the stories manage to be enlightening and thought-provoking. And he has an eloquent and beautiful writing style.
Elaine
Dubus is a master of the short story, and this collection is Dubus at his finest. Poignant and thought-provking, these stories reveal the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in Dubus' characters and in all of us.
Deb O
This is one of those books that gave me an idea of what kind of writer I wouldn't mind being.

trivia: I picked this up at a secondhand bookstore, hence the older addition.
bobherzog zog
If you like short stories about f***ed up adult relationships, this is for you.
Adam Gardner
Most of the short stories were forgettable; the novella, Adultery, was not.
Alex Gleason
I didn't recall this guy's work as quite so strange.
Heather
My favorite collection of Dubus'.
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Award-winning author Andre Dubus II (1936–1999) has been hailed as one of the best American short story writers of the twentieth century. Dubus’s collections of short fiction include Separate Flights (1975), Adultery & Other Choices (1977), and Dancing After Hours (1996), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Another collection, Finding a Girl in America, features the story ...more
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