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Selected Stories by Andre Dubus
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Jan 21, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: manly men, strong women
Read in February, 2008

To read this book is to share an often uncomfortable intimacy with ordinary characters either bearing or inflicting great pain. Dubus's small world is so familiar, so sparse and so simple, but here are also the vast, irreconcilable differences between men and women, rich and poor, strong and weak. The deepest exploration of the Catholic perspective on life that I've ever read in fiction, a facet I enjoyed more than I ever would have guessed. Dubus is not afraid of melodrama and goes over the top more than once, but the compassion he extends to all his characters, and the reader too, is well worth it.

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