The cage keeper and other stories

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Plume, 1989 - Fiction - 184 pages
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Andre Dubus III's first collection of stunningly crafted short stories explores passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those on the edge of society."Duckling Girl" is a bold and unsentimental exploration of the psychology of abuse, while the title story, "The Cage Keeper, " is a hard-hitting tale of physical and emotional incarceration. Five other stories are equally gritty, tough, and emotionally gripping, for though Dubus creates a world that threatens to crush his characters both body and soul, he also reveals the profound dignity of their determination to endure.

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Review: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories

User Review  - Penny Burkhardt - Goodreads

Some of the best writing and character development that I have read. The harsh conditions in each of these stories made many of them hard to read. Still that doesn't diminish their outstanding power. Read full review

Review: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories

User Review  - Jkwilos - Goodreads

The stories were so sad and dark but very well written. It reminded a bit too much of patients I have worked with. It is amazing how such a segment of society can be so ignored. I think it is wonderful that they were brought to life in this work. Read full review


The Cage Keeper
Duckling Girl
Wolves in the Marsh

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About the author (1989)

Dubus teaches writing at Tufts University and Emerson College.

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