The Cage Keeper And Other Stories (Paperback)
|Author: Andre Dubus|
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|Featuring a new Preface by the author, this hard-hitting collection of stories is by the bestselling author of "House of Sand and Fog".|
From the Publisher:
Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society-these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog.
A vigilant young man working in a halfway house finds himself unable to defend against the rage of one of the inmates in the title story. In "White Trees, Hammer Moon," a man soon to leave home for prison finds himself as unprepared for a family camping trip in the mountains of New Hampshire as he has been for most things in his life. And in the award-winning "Forky," an ex-con is haunted by the punishment he receives just as he is being released into the world. With an incisive ability to inhabit the lives of his characters, Dubus travels deep into the heart of the elusive American dream.
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.