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Finding a Girl in America

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Finding a Girl in America: A Novella and Ten Short Stories Subtle and haunting, Dubus concentrates his Chekhovian - and utterly American - attention on the residual anguish and momentary elation's of deep attachments. Nothing in current American writing seems more genuine than this celebrated writer's rueful and chastened fictions.

Other books by Andre Dubus:

The lieuten
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published 1980)
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orsodimondo
NON SERVONO GRANDI VITE PER SCRIVERE GRANDI STORIE
Andre Dubus sa essere uomo e donna, sa essere bambino, ragazzo, adulto e anziano; sa fare il pescatore, il soldato, la barista, il lanciatore di baseball, lo speaker radiofonico, l’assassino.
Sembra che non ci siano confini per l’universo di Andre Dubus e per la sua sottile e inquietante sensibilità.

Tutto questo in un uomo allevato per essere tosto, maschio, a non esibire le proprie emozioni: le foto lo mostrano come un omone dal torace possente,
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Rosalba
Ci sono autori che, semplicemente, sono nati per scrivere racconti e Dubus è uno di questi. In poche pagine riesce a concentrare una tale varietà di sentimenti, di sofferenze, delusioni, rimpianti o scelte di vita che non possono non coinvolgere il lettore, perché si tratta di situazioni universali, nelle quali ci si rispecchia o ci si può venire a trovare nel corso della propria vita. E’ un autore che voglio approfondire, nonostante il racconto non sia il mio genere letterario preferito, ma orm ...more
Edward S. Portman
Al terzo volume dedicato a Andre Dubus si comincia ad avere l’impressione di trovarsi di fronte a un grande autore inspiegabilmente trascurato in Italia e che solo ora, grazie all’editore Mattioli, si cerca di riscoprire. Al tempo stesso si avvicina la sensazione che il curatore comincia a pescare un po’ dal fondo del cosiddetto barile della produzione dello scrittore americano. Si avverte questo presentimento quando si affrontano i primi racconti di questa raccolta, forse perché per immergersi ...more
Roberto
Andre Dubus: tre matrimoni, sei figli, un omicidio alle spalle e una vita tormentata conclusa in carrozzella con una gamba amputata.

Ha provato quasi tutto nella vita. E queste esperienze si vedono nei suoi brevi racconti, non urlati, dove l’esame dei personaggi è molto più importante della trama. Storie di padri divorziati, di persone in cerca di un posto nel mondo, di persone che hanno subito violenze. Storie quasi sempre negative, quasi sempre tristi, quasi sempre pessimistiche. Storie quasi s
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Simone Subliminalpop
Terzo libro di Dubus che arriva in Italia grazie alla meritevole operazione di riscoperta fatta da Mattioli 1885, una raccolta di racconti che se non raggiunge le vette dei precedenti due volumi (“Voci dalla luna”, il migliore in assoluto, e “Non abitiamo più qui”), rimane comunque un ottimo libro, in grado di dimostrare quanto l'autore in questione sia in grado di cogliere le sottili scosse quotidiane di ogni esistenza. Dubus ha uno sguardo ampio, molto attento e capacità di riprodurre sulla pa ...more
Sara Comuzzo
quanto è bravo questo Andre Dubus, forse il più grande scrittore di racconti come qualcuno suggerisce.
storie concentrate sulle relazioni, matrimoni che non funzionano, tradimenti, fratture interiori.
10 racconti per 173 pagine in cui entriamo esattamente nei personaggi e restiamo con loro, nella loro vita di ogni giorno, nei sorrisi e nelle lacrime.
c'è una delicatezza nello stile e nelle parole di Dubus, una sottile amarezza, qualcosa di dolce-amaro che ci lascia con molte domande e nello stesso
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LW
Scrivere racconti per Andre Dubus è come una scazzottata fuori da un bar

Di solito non lo faccio mai - lo so che non si fa - ma stavolta l'ho fatto e non me ne sono pentita :)
Sarà che non avevo ancora letto nulla di Dubus...
per prima cosa mi sono buttata sulla postfazione di N. Manuppelli e mi hanno colpito molto alcune righe :
Per Dubus scrivere è come una scazzottata fuori da un bar: ci sono tristezza, sfogo e violenza e infine c'è anche quella distensione per aver raggiunto il fondo, gli abbrac
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Jeremy
Alot of these stories are reprinted in the Selected Stories which I just finished. But the ones that were new to me were just as good, especially the novella. I've never read anyone that writes about marriage and divorce like Dubus.
Meghan
I'm a bit uncertain as to how to rate this collection of stories. Some of the stories I found more engaging than others, some I really struggled to get through.

This set of stories is definitely very masculine. The protagonists are men, baseball players, marines, professors, and the women, for the most part, . One could even make the claim that the woman in the stories are all characterized as good girl/whore - no more apparent than in the final piece with Edith and Lori vs. Monica. The men are
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Andrew Harter
Finding a Girl in America by Andre Dubus. David R. Godine, Publisher. Boston, 1980.
Men finding women and themselves anywhere and everywhere.

In his book, ‘Finding a Girl in America’, author Andre Dubus is quite successful in finding many voices in ten stories. Throughout his collection of ten short stories and the novella, of which the book is titled the same, Dubus writes eleven stories both short and long and almost all in different time periods. Dubus was a famous short story writer before his
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Robin Edman
I rated this as a "liked" because of the high quality of writing, but in truth, I did not enjoy this book, except maybe for the story immediately preceding the novella. For the most part, these stories deal with military families, one member of which hits that moment of existential angst and never finds a way around or over that wall. They just stand there, boxed in by their own self-limiting notions. I'm just way too big a believer in freedom to enjoy reading in this depth about people who cage ...more
Dunrie
I recognized the world he writes about, divorced families--their longing and heartbreak and awkward otherness. I also recognize the academic northeast - the college towns and aspirations of college people and the proximity of the ocean.

The close of "The Winter Father" was a revelation. In it, Dubus captured a feeling and a reality that I never saw but knew instantly as true.

The title story was also in my edition of We don't live here anymore. I was happy to read it again, especially in the con
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Colin Bailes
What I learned most from reading the short stories in Finding a Girl in America was how to handle character. Plot isn't always the most important thing in a story; sometimes exploring human consciousness through character makes brilliant writing. In Dubus' short stories actions reveal character. How someone handles a situation reveals who that person is. In terms of plot, I did learn the importance of flashbacks and a character's history. A character cannot live in a bubble but needs a history a ...more
E. Clark
I'd read several of the pieces in here before (mostly in Selected Stories, and I'm obsessed with "Townies," so I just read the ones I hadn't gotten to yet. Just finished up with "Delivering," which has a slew of standby Dubus devices—parents on the verge of divorce, fishing, going to the beach, a cute girl at the donut shop—but manages to be wholly original despite all that.

I could read his stuff all day.
Infernal Apex
Dubus writes with such human emotion, anguish and discovery. This collection of short stories explores our innermost secrets and brings them to the surface in with an honesty rarely seen.
J. Carroll
His mastery is absolute, and the stories are so unspeakably sad. One of the true greats of American fiction. I'm never really done with this because I read these stories all the time.
Graf
Dubus was a master short story writer. His characters are so lifelike and their emotions so true that they remain with you long after you've finished each story.
Matt
Only read about a third of this. There were some choice lines but I had difficulty focusing. The scenes were so stretched out that they were nap-inducing.
Matt Buchholz
Jul 09, 2009 Matt Buchholz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Freshman creative writing majors, so they'll know what not to do.
Recommended to Matt by: Nate Dore
Shelves: book-club
Freshman-level psychoanalysis disguised as freshman-level creative writing. One of the most unredeeming reading experiences I've ever had.
David R.  Godine
"Dubus is one of the few writers today who can take the top of you head off with a word, a line, a situation."
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Jeff
The Winter Father is about as perfect a short story as you can come by.
Russellino
"he tells her she is like a swan bending to eat"
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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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