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  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

Dubus is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary writers. Something like Richard Yates, you know it's going to be heartbreaking but you can't stop reading. And Dubus (unlike Yates) manages to ... Read full review

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User Review  - jwood652 - LibraryThing

This book is actually four separate novellas, dealing with four different relationships. They are only slightly joined by mentions of people or places from another story. Each one is completely ... 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 north of Boston.

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