Dirty Love

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 7, 2013 - Fiction - 292 pages
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In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.

In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty"—tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she’s met surfing the Web.

Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.

 

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User Review  - hemlokgang - LibraryThing

Beautifully written, but so very depressing! This collection of novellas submerges the reader in the darkest aspects of what it means to love. Beware of this painful journey! Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

I checked this out of the library after having been blown away by Dubus' novel THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG. This collection consists of four novellas, but I only read the first two and half of the third ... Read full review

Contents

lIsTen CAreFully
1
MArlA
81
THe bArTender
123
dIrTy love
165
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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 in Newburyport, Massachusetts..

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