Requiem, Mass: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Fiction - 316 pages
24 Reviews
In the tragicomic mode of his best-selling Louisiana Power & Light, a hilarious and tenderhearted novel about a son's attempts to save his family.

John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Mass., heart of the Commonwealth, where Johnny's mom, Frances, is driving in the breakdown lane once again. She thinks Johnny and his little sister Audrey have been replaced by aliens; she's sure of it, and she's pretty certain that she herself is already dead, or she wouldn't need to cover the stink of her rotting flesh with Jean Naté Après Bain. Dad, truck driver and pathological liar, is down South somewhere living his secret life. And Audrey, when she's not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet telling herself stories. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

In his "truly original voice" (Miami Herald) and with the "miraculous beauty of his tale-telling" (New York Times Book Review), Dufresne brings his unparalleled eye for the tragic and the absurd to the dysfunctions and joys of family in this powerful new novel.

 

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User Review  - BobNolin - LibraryThing

Mostly disappointing memoir/novel that is really neither, since Dufresne won't commit himself to a story of his own past. Only novels contain truth, he says, and memoirs are a pack of lies. Perhaps ... Read full review

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User Review  - Megan Zehnder - Goodreads

pretty funny, pretty dark... a little depressing. Read full review

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Contents

I
13
II
22
III
33
IV
40
V
46
VI
55
VII
60
VIII
77
XIV
169
XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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IX
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X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XXII
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XXIII
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XXIV
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About the author (2008)

John Dufresne is the author of six novels, including No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida.

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