House of Sand and Fog

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W.W. Norton, 1999 - Fiction - 365 pages
378 Reviews
Tense with suspense from the first line, this is one of the great American realist novels. In this page-turning, breathtaking novel, the characters will walk off the page and into your life. And a small house will seem like the most important piece of territory in the world. On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force under the Shah yearns to restore his family's dignity. When an attractive bungalow comes available on county auction for a fraction of its value, he sees a great opportunity for himself, his wife, and his children. But the house's former owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, doesn't see it that way, nor does her lover, a married cop driven to extremes to win her love and get her house back. is a narrative triumph in which a traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story are turned upside down with brutal, heartrending consequences. It is an American tragedy, and a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today.

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A great plot and engaging writing. - Goodreads
Hated the female character. - Goodreads
Well written and a page turner for me. - Goodreads
It's a depressing read and has a horrible ending. - Goodreads
I loved the character development and the scenes. - Goodreads
The ending was realy disappointing and pathetic. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Pat Murphy - Goodreads

A great plot and engaging writing. It is just a drama but holds interest. Read full review

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User Review  - Carolyn - Goodreads

I thought this book was one of the best I have read. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because of the ending. I felt a little unsatisfied with the ending. The ending was logical ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award) and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.

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