Bluesman

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With House of Sand and Fog, his National Book Award-nominated novel, Andre Dubus III demonstrated his mastery of the complexities of character and desire. In this earlier novel he captures a roiling time in American history and the coming-of-age of a boy who must decide between desire, ambition, and duty.

In the summer of 1967, Leo Suther, has one more year of high school to finish and a lot more to learn. He's in love with the beautiful Allie Donovan who introduces him to her father, Chick -- a construction foreman and avowed Communist. Soon Leo finds himself in the midst of a consuming love affair and an intense testing of his political values. Chick's passionate views challenge Leo's perspective on the escalating Vietnam conflict and on just where he stands in relation to the new people in his life. Throughout his -- and the nation's -- unforgettable "summer of love", Leo is learning the language of the blues, which seem to speak to the mourning he feels for his dead mother, his occasionally distant father, and the youth which is fast giving way to manhood.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780375725166
SKU 30679677
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0375725164
Release Date 2/1/2001
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Andre Dubus
Andre Dubus lived much of his life in Massachusetts. Married and divorced three times, he was the father of six children. He was a peacetime Marine sergeant and a college teacher; he was also a devout Roman Catholic. A highway accident in 1986 left him a paraplegic, after which his career flourished. "My condition increased my empathy," he said in 1996. (He wrote about the accident and its aftermath in a book of essays, "Broken Vessels".) Dubus received numerous awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur "genius grant." In the words of Kurt Vonnegut, Dubus was "one of the world's few living masters of the most difficult of all art forms, short stories." Dubus's stories have been compared to those of Chekhov, Carver, and O'Connor. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 62.
Praise
"Bogle's rigorous history is a valuable one for the depth of its research and its refusal to patronize either TV or its audience."
"The title promises a more exotic story than the book delivers. In fact, Dubus's strength lies in the details of the ordinary, and BLUESMAN succeeds only so far as the blues serve as commentary, rather than backbone, to the familiar plot: a boy's coming of age in small-town Massachusetts during the Vietnam War....[T]he book gets better as it goes on, a rare and desirable trajectory; and the drama of its conclusion is persuasive and nicely restrained."
From the Publisher
Annotation A novel about a young man who is trying to learn about life and his encounters with musicians and other influences.
Editors Note With House of Sand and Fog, his National Book Award-nominated novel, Andre Dubus III demonstrated his mastery of the complexities of character and desire. In this earlier novel he captures a roiling time in American history and the coming-of-age of a boy who must decide between desire, ambition, and duty.In the summer of 1967, Leo Suther has one more year of high school to finish and a lot more to learn. He's in love with the beautiful Allie Donovan who introduces him to her father, Chick — a construction foreman and avowed Communist. Soon Leo finds himself in the midst of a consuming love affair and an intense testing of his political values. Chick's passionate views challenge Leo's perspective on the escalating Vietnam conflict and on just where he stands in relation to the new people in his life. Throughout his — and the nation's — unforgettable "summer of love," Leo is learning the language of the blues, which seem to speak to the mourning he feels for his dead mother, his occasionally distant father, and the youth which is fast giving way to manhood.
Editors Note 2 In 1967, Leo Suther, a white eighteen-year-old boy interested in blues music, finds himself caught up in the Vietnam War, in a coming-of-age novel about a young man struggling with personal conflict, ambition, desire, and duty. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Editors Note 3 With House of Sand and Fog, his National Book Award-nominated novel, Andre Dubus III demonstrated his mastery of the complexities of character and desire. In this earlier novel he captures a roiling time in American history and the coming-of-age of a boy who must decide between desire, ambition, and duty.In the summer of 1967, Leo Suther has one more year of high school to finish and a lot more to learn. He's in love with the beautiful Allie Donovan who introduces him to her father, Chick ? a construction foreman and avowed Communist. Soon Leo finds himself in the midst of a consuming love affair and an intense testing of his political values. Chick's passionate views challenge Leo's perspective on the escalating Vietnam conflict and on just where he stands in relation to the new people in his life. Throughout his ? and the nation's ? unforgettable "summer of love," Leo is learning the language of the blues, which seem to speak to the mourning he feels for his dead mother, his occasionally distant father, and the youth which is fast giving way to manhood.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0336
Publisher Vintage Books USA

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