Dirty Love

Dirty Love

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By (author) Andre Dubus III

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393348911
  • ISBN 13: 9780393348910
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 225,246

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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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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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"Starred review. First rate fiction by a dazzling talent." "Starred review. "Electrifying, compassionate, and profound. These are masterful and ravishing tales of loneliness, confusion, betrayal, the hunger for oblivion, and the quest for forgiveness." "Superb... Once again, Dubus creates deeply flawed characters and challenges the reader to identify with their common humanity." "Dubus delivers strong insights into bad behavior." -- Mary Pols