• Title: Selected Stories
  • Author: Andre Dubus
  • ISBN: 9780679767305
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected Stories These twenty three stories represent the best work of one of the finest and most emotionally revealing writers in America Andre Dubus treats his characters a bereaved father stalking his son s killer
    These twenty three stories represent the best work of one of the finest and most emotionally revealing writers in America Andre Dubus treats his characters a bereaved father stalking his son s killer a woman crying alone by her television late at night a devout teenager writing in the coils of faith and sexuality a father s story of limitless love for his daughter wiThese twenty three stories represent the best work of one of the finest and most emotionally revealing writers in America Andre Dubus treats his characters a bereaved father stalking his son s killer a woman crying alone by her television late at night a devout teenager writing in the coils of faith and sexuality a father s story of limitless love for his daughter with respect and compassion He turns fiction into an act of witness.

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    1. FINAL REVIEWAndre Dubus 1936-1999, Storyteller par exellenceMany of us involved with books – reading books, writing books, reviewing books - are well aware fiction writing is a unique calling. Therefore, it is something special when both father and son are accomplished authors. Kingsley Amis and son Martin come immediately to mind as do John Updike and son David; actually, we might think of another father-son fiction writing duo: Andre Dubus and son Andre Dubus 111, author of “House of Sand [...]

    2. Andre Dubus is my favorite American short story writer. In fact, he is one of my few favorite American writers period. He has the realism of Cheever and Carver, but more warmth than Carver and Hemingway. His prose is understated and never unnecessary; he is one of the few writers I have read where every word in every sentence, and every sentence is not only necessary, but meaningful as well (Tom Robbins and Virginia Woolf are others). He is worth reading for his prose alone. Many, if not most, o [...]

    3. Probably the last time I read this book straight through was sometime early in the last decade; I bought his kid's memoir on Kindle, and then saw the Selected Stories on sale and snapped them up. The best of Dubus on my ereader: how could I resist?"Rose" remains as much of a heartstopper as when I first read it, in.God could it have been 1987? 1986? I think so, my copy of The Last Worthless Evening dates to then. My dad read me "A Father's Story" at around the same time, an amazing experience fo [...]

    4. Only two stories in so far (short stories are my solace when grading papers, so I grade a certain number then read a story, and so on). I might sell my soul to be able to write like this. Wow.

    5. Dubus is often called a "writer's writer," which in general seems a dubious compliment. Are writers truly capable of identifying subtleties in a colleague's work that the average reader can't? When a writer is granted this appellation, I think it's more likely his work is viewed as stylish but slow-paced, elliptical, the equivalent of an art house film or avant-garde play. A select few--the cultured--will enjoy it; the rest of us stumble through wishing we were reading John Grisham. This is part [...]

    6. Picked this one off my abundant shelves(I got even more books today from the transfer station!) and read the first story last night. My first awareness of the writer came from reading about the movie version of "In the Bedroom" a few years ago. I MAY have read something(s) of his in The New Yorker. is acting up right now and I'm getting PISSED OFF! Screw it.1 - "Miranda Over the Valley" - a mournful take on the risks of love and sex. Be careful out there! Includes a few words borrowed from Joyc [...]

    7. The stories collected here are weird.Not weird in any predictable, clichéd sense, either. It's just that Dubus seems to be working with different material than so many other short story writers (Alice Munro seems like a notable exception, but their voices aren't exactly redundant of one another, either). Much of the work appearing in Selected Stories sounds more like a novel than a short story; the patience that Dubus exhibits (and ultimately asks of his readers, too) is extraordinary. He's usi [...]

    8. This was my introduction to Dubus' work and I was mightily impressed, particularly by the longer stories ('Rose', 'Voices From the Moon'), particularly 'Adultery' which, to me, artfully conveyed the difference between sin and crime. In al of the stories, the love they make and the drugs they take were insightfully described. Some readers seem to pick up on this line from 'Voices From the Moon' and I can see why: 'we don't have to live great lives, we just have to understand and survive the ones [...]

    9. It's about Catholicism, and the Northeast and once the South, and boys and girls and the things they do to each other. I will be reading more Dubus, for sure.

    10. A truly regional writer, Dubus manages an expansiveness that comes out of an almost intimate understanding of his character's inner lives. He provides us with an example of a writer who makes what might have been unnecessary backstory relevant to the events of his narratives, as the psychological groundwork shaping his characters' attitudes and motivations. While at times Dubus seems to espouse a narrow view of gender relationships and can become at times a little reductive when writing about wo [...]

    11. The truly remarkable thing about this collection is the number of times I had to stop and reassess characters, examining their actions in relation to their thoughts and emotions. Many have said that Dubus writes all his characters with great sympathy, but I think what he does is even more striking: he writes them the way they wish they could write themselves. That's the way I can feel great pain for a man's childhood loss of his Marine brother, even after he has raped his ex-wife and set fire to [...]

    12. Stories are so different from novels, or supposed to be, and it is rare that you find a writer who masters the genre as well as Dubus. One critic once wrote that it was as if Dubus "were able to breathe light into his stories", if I'm paraphrasing it right, and this is so true: it's a bit like looking at a Rembrandt painting and sensing that light illuminating the darker parts, the parts that had remained unseen until the painter made them visible. And so it is with Dubus perhaps. The people in [...]

    13. I know that he's gotten a lot of acclaim. I just can't find room in my heart for this, the only book of his I've read. Pointless character studies abound, mostly they are slice of life stories. Nicely written at times, but stillh. There is one story about a janitor that is perhaps one of the most boring things I've ever read. Is he lucid? Mostly. He is the next Chekhov? No. NO.

    14. Dubus's acute eye pinpoints human behavior, cleanly and realistically. Credit has been given to Peter Yates, his mentor in Iowa, for development of his spare style, nailing with a few words situations that others have spent pages on. The writer he reminds me most of is Raymond Carver -- each was a chronicler of his age, but their stories are universal, never stale.

    15. This is simply my most favorite short story collection ("A Father's Story" - read it) by one of my favorite authors.

    16. Some of these are five plus stars: Miranda over the Valley; the Pretty Girl; the Fat Girl; Rose; Adultery; A Father's story.

    17. This is an outstanding collection.Andre Dubus II. Holy freaking WOW. What an incredible writer.The first story I read in this book was "The Winter Father." It turned out to be a very difficult story for me. I worried I couldn't keep reading this book, my stress level hit such a high level. Because I knew, with each page I turned, that the author was writing his own life when he penned this story. I read Andre Dubus II as the character of the divorced father in this particular tale, struggling to [...]

    18. Really great stuff, I read his kid's book a few back and enjoyed it as well. Dubus' short stories (i guess that's all he wrote?) I had never read him before but I know he was a contemporary of Yates so I figured he'd have some nice early baby-boom misery in his stories. There wasn't a distinctive style that stuck out (like a Saunders or a Carver), the stories we just extremely well written. One that really stuck out was "adultery part 3." - maybe the only story not set in Louisiana or NE Mass. I [...]

    19. A treasure of stories.This collection was my introduction to Dubus, and I can't wait to read more. Insightful, thought provoking, wonderful character development without prejudice or judgement. Not a bad story in the entire collection. If you have not discovered Dubus, and you like beautiful writing, this is a good place to start.

    20. The work of short story writer Andre Dubus Sr. was very influential in helping sustain and deepen my faith. Standouts among his stories are 'A Father's Story' and the novella 'Voices from the Moon.' -- Danielle Collins

    21. Some really nice writing here. Interesting characters and meaty stories. Quite dense though, not a book to blaze through. Dip in and dip out.

    22. Wahoo! I finally finished this one. I read this book of short stories slowly, to savor the writing with every beat of my wannabewriter heart. I developed a habit of reading a few pages each week before settling down to work on my own writing. It was my way to "get in the zone." Someone wrote they would give their soul to write like Andrew Dubus and I just might concur. His stories instruct the heart in their rich protrayal of the human existence. Talk about character development! You find yourse [...]

    23. Just my kind of book. I usually choose to read women writers; yes, I know, I'm prejudiced. I've found that most men writers are plot driven. But this guy "gets" nuance, quiet desperation, inner thoughts. Think Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Ann Patchett.

    24. "We don't have to live great lives, we just have to understand and survive the ones we've got…" It took me weeks to read Andre Dubus’ “Selected Stories” because they were very good and very sad. Many of the stories left me reeling from the visceral fears and pains that could not be sidestepped. I had to take breaks and return when I felt ready for more raging sorrow.Dubus excelled in his vivid and sympathetic rendering of the inner life of his characters. It was as though he had lived ea [...]

    25. All throughout reading this book I was thinking about what I would say about it, and now that I'm finished, I don't know what to say. Objectively, it's good. It's ripe with human emotion, folly, insight. The writing is well crafted. I think this may have to do with collections of short stories in general, so this isn't necessarily a fault of the book but a fault of the form--it took me ages to get through Selected Stories. And I think this is because it's difficult to keep the momentum going aft [...]

    26. As with many collections, some stories had greater impact than others, which is why I wavered between "I liked it" and "I liked it a lot". All of the stories unfolded slowly, in slow-burn mode; a very few of them fizzled and some of them exploded.Overarching themes of Catholicism, sin, adultery, feminism, revenge, morality, love. The characters are impeccably written. They are neither entirely good nor bad, right or wrong --- but none of them seem very happy. Dubus didn't judge or side with any [...]

    27. Reading this through a second time (the first time was many years ago), I definitely didn't feel the same rapture as the first time. In fact, I found many of the stories to be tedious and repetitious (we get it, you live in a small, working-class New England town, people cheat on each other and drink a lot). It could have been because reading this while in school really dragged it out longer than it should have, and I always get impatient with books if it takes me too long to read them. Some of [...]

    28. Finished this book a while ago, so some stories are little hazy, but I remember for the most part I was impressed. Dubus has a remarkable ability to write the female mind, seen best in The Fat Girl and The Graduation. Especially when reading The Fat Girl I was completely shocked that he so perfectly captured not only the relationship between women and food, but the relationship between daughters and mothers. There were other good stories; A Father's Story, although a little long and at times rep [...]

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