The cage keeper and other stories

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Plume, 1989 - Fiction - 184 pages
9 Reviews
Andre Dubus III's first collection of stunningly crafted short stories explores passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those on the edge of society."Duckling Girl" is a bold and unsentimental exploration of the psychology of abuse, while the title story, "The Cage Keeper, " is a hard-hitting tale of physical and emotional incarceration. Five other stories are equally gritty, tough, and emotionally gripping, for though Dubus creates a world that threatens to crush his characters both body and soul, he also reveals the profound dignity of their determination to endure.

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Review: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories

User Review  - Martha - Goodreads

Some of these stories just try too hard. They were all gritty and I usually don't mind that, but the title story just didn't ring true for me. Read full review

Review: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories

User Review  - Stephanie - Goodreads

A grim set of stories by a master at reminding us that EVERYONE has a story. Every single human being, even people we tend to dismiss as trash, druggies, criminals -- in fact, especially those people ... Read full review


The Cage Keeper
Duckling Girl
Wolves in the Marsh

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About the author (1989)

Dubus teaches writing at Tufts University and Emerson College.

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