Meditations from a Movable Chair

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 13, 2011 - Literary Collections - 224 pages
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For Andre Dubus, "the quotidian and the spiritual don't exist on different planes, but infuse each other. His is an unapologetically sacramental vision of life in which ordinary things participate in the miraculous, the miraculous in ordinary things. He believes in God, and talks to Him, and doesn't mince words. He believes in ghosts . . . He is open to mystery, and of all mysteries the one that interests him most is the human potential for transcendence."

So wrote Tobias Wolff seven years ago, about Andre Dubus's Broken Vessels, and that insight describes perfectly the twenty-five pieces in this powerfully moving new collection, a continuation of Dubus's candid, intensely personal exploration into matters of morality, religion, and creativity. Since that first book of essays, written after the 1986 accident that cost him his leg and, for a time, the ability to write, Mr. Dubus has published Dancing After Hours, a unanimously heralded book of stories "at once harrowing and exhilarating" (Time).
        Here is Dubus on the rape of his beloved sister, his first real job, a gay naval officer, Hemingway,
the blessing of his first marriage, his dear friend Richard Yates, his own crippling, lost autumnal pleasures, having sons and grandsons, his first books, meeting a woman who witnessed his accident, the Catholic church, and, of course, his faith.
        A writer of immense sensitivity, vulnerability, and thoughtfulness--a master at the height of his talent--whose work "is suffused with grace, bathed in a kind of spiritual glow" (New York Times Book Review).


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MEDITATIONS FROM A MOVABLE CHAIR: Essays

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This affecting second collection of personal essays from contemporary master of the short story Dubus (Dancing After Hours, 1996, etc.) displays the distinctive direct and elegant style and often ... Read full review

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In 1986, when he was 49, Andre Dubus stopped his car to help people who had been in an accident. He was hit by a car and lost one leg as well as the use of the other. He is confined to a wheelchair ... Read full review

Contents

About Kathryn
3
Digging
19
Imperiled Men
33
Grace
59
Brothers
72
Sacraments
85
Bodily Mysteries
100
A Country Road Song
103
Girls
116
Love in the Morning
131
Song of Pity
146
First Books
160
Giving Up the Gun
174
Messages
194
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Andre Dubus is the author of nine works of fiction. He has received the PEN/Malamud Award, the Rea Award for excellence in short fiction, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Boston Globe's first annual Lawrence L. Winship Award, and fellowships from both the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. He lives in Haverhill, Massachusetts.


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