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Andre Dubus, III

Author of House of Sand and Fog

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About the Author

Andre Dubus III was born on September 11, 1959 in Oceanside, California. He is the son of the acclaimed writer Andre Dubus, and mystery writer James Lee Burke is his cousin. Dubus attended Bradford College, where his father taught, and then switched to the University of Texas at Austin where he show more studied sociology, political science and economics. He dropped out of a Ph.D. program, signed on at a construction site, and began boxing. A friend convinced Dubus to start writing, and he wrote in his spare time till getting a job teaching writing at Emerson. He has also worked as a private investigator, corrections counselor, and bounty hunter, as well as various other jobs. As an actor he has appeared in numerous stage plays and three independent films. He is also a general contractor and carpenter. Dubus is the author of the story collection The Cage Keeper and other Stories and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog (which was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award and was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film), and The Garden of Last Days. Dubus has garnered other distinctions, including a Pushcart Prize and a 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction. He has also been published in short story anthologies, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and numerous literary reviews. Dubus teaches creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and has also taught writing at Harvard University and Tufts University. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Andre Dubus, III

Associated Works

The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (1983) — Afterword, some editions — 817 copies
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting (2013) — Contributor — 271 copies
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Contributor — 181 copies
Death by Pad Thai: And Other Unforgettable Meals (2015) — Author, some editions — 82 copies
Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve.com (2000) — Contributor — 72 copies
The Kiss: Intimacies from Writers (2018) — Contributor — 25 copies
Bubblegum and Kipling: Stories (2016) — Editor; Introduction — 4 copies


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This novel is a sad yet fascinating study of what could happen when a needy substance abuser, Kathy Nicolo, is deserted by her husband, loses her house due to a tax accounting error, and then meets Lester Burdon, a County Deputy Sheriff sent to evict her. Lester is a good cop with a family but falls hard for Kathy and the idea of freedom from a loveless marriage. Kathy and Lester are two needy people looking for that elusive "something more" when they meet at this crucial time. While this unhealthy relationship is blooming, Kathy becomes obsessed with reclaiming the house she inherited from her father.

Unfortunately, the new owner is the proud and formidable exiled Iranian Air Force Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani. He purchased Kathy's house at an auction and considered it essential to his plan to restore his family's lost financial and personal status. The house is the catalyst that moves this story forward as negotiations become threats that quickly become violent. Moving and mind-shattering, this clash of wills and cultures results in consequences that change the lives of all involved. "House of Sand and Fog" is a book that will stay with the reader long after turning the last page.
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PaulaGalvan | 119 other reviews | Jun 15, 2024 |
Fantastic book. Truly a page-turner. It sucked me in from chapter one and still hasn't let go. After I finished it, I found myself wondering where the characters are now - sure sign of an engrossing read.
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gonzocc | 39 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
The American dream gone wrong us how I describe this novel. It goes wrong for an Iranian family who had to leave Iran without their wealth and are trying to keep up appearances as Col. Behrani works collecting garbage on side of the hwy and changes into a suit before going home so people won’t know what he does Kathy Nicole is a recovering addict who is trying to get her life back together and the only thing of value she has is the house her father left her. But things go terribly wrong for both these people all entered around her house and a clerical error and all hell breaks loose.
Thus was a good read that kept me turning the pages. The only thing that bothered me was the detailed descriptions of people’s bad breath and the deputy sheriff’s crooked moustache .
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Smits | 119 other reviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
Disturbing story of young woman whose home is taken away in error and auctioned to another family. Both strive to keep their home and end up destorying themselves.
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bentstoker | 119 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |



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