Dancing After Hours: Stories

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A.A. Knopf, 1996 - Fiction - 233 pages
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Over two decades, Andre Dubus has proven himself an essential American writer. "He restores faith in the survival of the short story" ( "Los Angeles Times" ), and now — with his first collection in nearly ten years — he demonstrates more powerfully than ever before both his mastery of the form and his understanding of our imperfect lives. In each of the fourteen stories in "Dancing After Hours," Dubus uncovers the mystery of ordinary life as his characters — often perseverant, yet occasionally crazed by desire, loss, or disappointment — wrestle with love, faith, and luck.

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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


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About the author (1996)

Andre Dubus was a short-story writer, essayist, and educator. Debus was a former Marine who taught college for 20 years while submitting his stories to small literary magazines. In the summer of 1986, he was hit by a car in Massachusetts, where he had stopped to help an accident victim. He spent the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair. Debus returned to writing after authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, and John Updike held a benefit that helped defer his medical expenses. His 1997 collection of short stories, Dancing After Hours, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Rea Award. He received the PEN/Malamud Award, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from both the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. Andre Dubus died on February 24, 1999.

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