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A daring debut collection, Dust dives headfirst into the complicated waters of youth. Exploring themes of alienation, longing, self-destruction and ultimately self-awareness, the characters in Dust attempt to find meaning and form connections via sex, art, drugs, bathtubs, apple seeds, a cardboard dreamachine, and an aloe vera plant.

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Paperback, 222 pages
Published August 19th 2016 by Lucid River Press
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Ellen
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this debut collection by Amy Dupcak. As I told a friend, the characters took up space in my head, broke my heart, and even followed me to town and up and down the aisles of Shop Rite." In "Ten Days," Alanna's diary entries, shared without her knowledge, have a surprising effect on the narrator, and hopefully the reader. Truly, I wish I could take Tara, of "In Limbo," home with me, make her some chicken soup, and give her a hug. The final, tragic irony of this ...more
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"This was what I was looking for." Dupcak's first collection is an empathetic look at art and adolescence, evoking multifaceted characters in some agonizingly realistic scenarios. The stories are littered with cultural references that feel universal, reflecting the characters' moods through film, music and literature, and pulls off the rare ability to convey the kids' poor choices without showing any spite towards the them. I wasn't surprised to learn that Dupcak teaches teens--it's been long ...more
Jessica
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Dust" is a pretty unique collection of short stories! I have read some of Amy Dupcak's writings before and always liked the "trippy" feel of them. Some of the stories were written in a way that set them on the boundaries of this world and another more dream-like place. The characters are relatable and their emotions are tangible.
Tovah
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great short story collection!
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amazing book.
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Amy Dupcak is the author of 'Dust, Short Stories,' published in 2016 on Lucid River Press. She has also published fiction and creative nonfiction in Litro, Fringe, Sonora Review, Hypertext, Phoebe, Chicago Literati, Runaway Parade, Broken Pencil, The Dirty Napkin, and other publications. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the New School and a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She ...more

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