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Dancing After Hours Stories (Paperback)

Author:  Andre Dubus
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679751149
ISBN-13: 9780679751144
Sku: 30118698
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  256
 
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
From a genuine hero of the American short story comes a luminous collection that reveals the seams of hurt, courage, and tenderness that run through the bedrock of contemporary American life. In these fourteen stories, Dubus depicts ordinary men and women confronting injury and loneliness, the lack of love and the terror of actually having it. Out of his characters' struggles and small failures--and their unexpected moments of redemption--Dubus creates fiction that bears comparison to the short story's greatest creators--Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor.


"A master of the short story...It's good to have Andre Dubus back. More than ever, he is an object of hope."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Dubus's detailed creation of three-dimensional characters is propelled by his ability to turn a quiet but perfect phrase...[This] kind of writing raises gooseflesh of admiration."--San Francisco Chronicle

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. From a genuine hero of the American short story comes a luminous collection that reveals the seams of hurt, courage, and tenderness that run through the bedrock of contemporary American life. In these fourteen stories, Dubus depicts ordinary men and women confronting injury and loneliness, the lack of love and the terror of actually having it. Out of his characters struggles and small failures--and their unexpected moments of redemption--Dubus creates fiction that bears comparison to the short storys greatest creators--Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Flannery OConnor. "A master of the short story...Its good to have Andre Dubus back. More than ever, he is an object of hope."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dubus's detailed creation of three-dimensional characters is propelled by his ability to turn a quiet but perfect phrase...[This] kind of writing raises gooseflesh of admiration."--San Francisco ChronicleAndre Dubus shows readers ordinary men and women coming to terms with injury and loneliness, the lack of love and the terror of actually getting it, in tales that are every bit as poignant and mysterious as those of Raymond Carver and Flannery O'Connor.A collection of fourteen short stories explores the unseen mysteries of everyday life as people caught in a wide variety of circumstances contend with the perversities of love, faith, luck, and fate. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.A collection of fourteen short stories explores the unseen mysteries of everyday life as people caught in a wide variety of circumstances contend with the perversities of love, faith, luck, and fate
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Andre Dubus's last book of short stories, in which his characters wrestle with some of his favorite themes: love, faith, luck, desire, and loss. This collection was nominated for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction.
Author Bio
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

Kirkus Reviews
"...fourteen new pieces that show this stalwart author, more often than not, at his great-hearted best. Dubus can be both derivative and wildly uneven...At the same time, it's as if there is a stream of the natural, pure, and unaffected, and when Dubus's energies are tapping that current, it seems there's no human life he can't transform into quiet, passionate, commanding fiction...Dubus puts his fingers on the pulse of lives made genuine, felt, and real..." 12/15/1995

Publisher's Catalog
"Life's gallant, battered ongoingness, with its complicated fuelling by sex, religion, and liquor, constitutes Dubus's sturdy central subject, which is rendered with luminous delicacy." - John Updike

Time
"The quota of physical devastation is higher here than in his previous books, but the reactions of his characters to their travails is much the same: they make the best of them, even when the best is not very good. The surface clarity of Dubus' stories masks an underlying complexity of vision....He is an artist who manages to produce work at once harrowing and exhilarating." - Paul Gray 03/04/1996

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Over the years (this is his eighth work of fiction) Dubus has steered refreshingly clear of story-writing trends, thus defying easy categorization....most of the stories in 'Dancing After Hours' work beautifully, as Dubus' detailed creation of three-dimensional, fully credible characters is propelled by his ability to turn a quiet but perfect phrase....This kind of writing raises gooseflesh of admiration..." - David Wiegand 02/18/1996

New York Times Book Review
"...in demonstrating, once again, why he is celebrated as a writer of short fiction, he also shows why the form itself is so persistent....it seems to me that this whole collection if suffused with grace, bathed in a kind of spiritual glow. Mr. Dubus's characters are people we more than feel for--we end up cheering for them....We do not talk much about beauty these days in literary criticism, and I think it's high time we started doing so. Andre Dubus's 'Dancing After Hours' is beautiful." - Richard Bausch 02/25/1996

Book Jacket
"...a compassionate, unsentimental portrait of the American soul at this hour...The writing is direct, emotionally exact, and musical...Andre Dubus is a master, and his new collection is a proud addition to one of the finest shelves of books in our literature." - Tobias Wolff

New York Times
"People coping with fear is the predominant theme of the 14 stories in Andre Dubus's fine new collection....in the best of Mr. Dubus's stories, people living mean lives are magnified, so that all of us can identify with them." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt 03/14/1996

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