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Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus
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Apr 10, 12

Read from April 03 to 09, 2012

There are fourteen stories here, about love, fidelity, desire and loss. Intertwined with these tales are four linked snapshots of a single couple, called Ted and LuAnn, as they meet, marry and deal with the struggles of marital life.
Dubus is a fine writer, evoking Raymond Carver and Richard Yates and completely understands this distinctive story form. His prose is strong and deft, if just a touch cold around the edges.
“The earth itself was leaving with her sad and pitying husband, was drawing away from her. Stars fell. That was a song, and music would never again be lovely; it was gone with the shattering stars and coldly dying moon, the trees of such mortal green; gone with life itself.”
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message 1: by Linda (new)

Linda Lipko great review Mark!


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways What Linda said.


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura What Richard said.


Mark Thanks guys! That's what Mark said! Anyone else read Dubus or his son?


message 5: by Linda (new)

Linda Lipko Linda said, no I haven't read this author yet...I imagine I have a copy of one of his books in the stacks and stacks of books throughout the house...

Now, if only I could find it.


message 7: by Laura (new)

Laura Not yet, but they're on my short list of to-read authors. Of course, that list is ridiculously long, but I'm hopeful that it'll be some time in the next year or two.


Mark Richard- Yes, that was one of his son's books. Did you like it? I have it but have not read it.
I have read The Garden of Last Days & his memoir Townie, which was excellent. And that's where I learned about his father.


message 9: by Linda (new)

Linda Lipko Let me get this straight...The father was a townie?


message 10: by Mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mark Townie was his son, Andre III, who's most famous book was his debut House of Sand and Fog. In Townie, I learned that his father was a well-respected writer and friends with Vonnegut, among others. This lead to Dancing After Hours. Clear enough, or no?


message 11: by Linda (new)

Linda Lipko opps..I was kidding...sorry for not prefacing this.


message 12: by Mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mark No problem. It does get confusing with the same names.


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways I thought "Sand and Fog" was a terrible book, beautifully written, but the story was just so Darryl-y that I wanted to hang myself after I read it. Terrible. Beautiful. Harrowing.


message 14: by Mark (new) - rated it 3 stars

Mark Thanks Rd- It looks like I might have to try it. LOL.


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