Dancing after Hours: Stories

Dancing after Hours: Stories

Paperback Vintage Contemporaries

By (author) Andre Dubus

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 233 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679751149
  • ISBN 13: 9780679751144
  • Sales rank: 635,895

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Over two decades, Andre Dubus has proven himself an essential American writer. "He restores faith in the survival of the short story" ( "Los Angeles Times" ), and now — with his first collection in nearly ten years — he demonstrates more powerfully than ever before both his mastery of the form and his understanding of our imperfect lives. In each of the fourteen stories in "Dancing After Hours," Dubus uncovers the mystery of ordinary life as his characters — often perseverant, yet occasionally crazed by desire, loss, or disappointment — wrestle with love, faith, and luck.

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"Like some of the most satisfying storytellers of the past (Dubus has been compared to Chekhov), he is munificent, spinning out whole lifetimes and recounting events from many characters' viewpoints. For the lyricism and directness of his language, the richness and precision of his observations and the generosity of his vision, he is among the best." --"Village Voice" "Dubus's characters resemble those of Raymond Carver...but the stories stand alone in their idiosyncratic spiritual cast, occasionally religious, more often expressive of devotion to the people he lives among." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A master of the short story...It's good to have Andre Dubus back. More than ever, he is an object of hope." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Dubus's detailed creation of three-dimensional characters is propelled by his ability to turn a quiet but perfect phrase...[This] kind of writing raises gooseflesh of admiration." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "From the Hardcover edition."

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year From a genuine hero of the American short story comes a luminous collection that reveals the seams of hurt, courage, and tenderness that run through the bedrock of contemporary American life. In these fourteen stories, Dubus depicts ordinary men and women confronting injury and loneliness, the lack of love and the terror of actually having it. Out of his characters' struggles and small failures--and their unexpected moments of redemption--Dubus creates fiction that bears comparison to the short story's greatest creators--Chekhov, Raymond Carver, Flannery O'Connor. "A master of the short story...It's good to have Andre Dubus back. More than ever, he is an object of hope."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Dubus's detailed creation of three-dimensional characters is propelled by his ability to turn a quiet but perfect phrase...[This] kind of writing raises gooseflesh of admiration."--San Francisco Chronicle