Dancing After Hours: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 story's greatest creators--Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor.

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User Review  - alienhard - LibraryThing

Life's too short for morose love stories. Tossed it aside after the fifth such story in the collection. He writes well, just not about anything I care to read. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

From Dubus (Selected Stories, 1988), 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, as in his ... Read full review


The Intruder
A Love Song
Falling in Love
Sunday Morning
All the Time in the World
Woman on a PlaneFOR MARIE
The Colonels WifeFOR NICOLE
The Lover
The Last Moon
The Timing of Sin
At Night
Out of the Snow
Dancing After HoursFOR ML

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About the author (2011)

Andre Dubus (1936–1999) is considered one of the greatest American short story writers of the twentieth century. His collections of short fiction, which include Adultery & Other Choices (1977), The Times Are Never So Bad (1983), and The Last Worthless Evening (1986), are notable for their spare prose and illuminative, albeit subtle, insights into the human heart. He is often compared with Anton Chekhov and revered as a “writer’s writer.”

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