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    DescriptionSet in Dubus's largely coastal New England world, these short works focus on the residual anguish and momentary elation of deep emotional attachments--between lovers, between parent and child, and between estranged spouses

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    Finding a Girl in America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andre Dubus
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9780879233938
    ISBN 10: 0879233931

    BIC E4L: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Edition statement
    David R. Godine Publisher Inc
    Imprint name
    David R. Godine Publisher Inc
    Publication date
    01 September 1994
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    Another collection of stories from a writer who doesn't seem to know quite what to do with his talents; as before, despite scenes and moments and perceptions that click, most of Dubus' stories seem either contrived, knottily formless, or just plain insubstantial. Violence, honor, and sex mix to no great effect in a quartet of mini-melodramas: a father's revenge killing (simplest and best of the group), a blind man's sexual interlude with a vicious criminal, a military malfeasor's getaway, a "townie" hustler's hate-soaked dealings with dormitoried students of both sexes. "The Misogamist" is another of Dubus' case histories - this time of a career soldier who flinches from marriage when he discovers that he prefers "a life with men, broken periodically by forgettable transactions with whores." (This character turns up briefly in another story, as the one-nightstand of a promiscuous but equally dreary war widow; Dubus' character-transplant device remains a mostly self-defeating one.) And the other pieces here - except for "The Pitcher," a fine baseball story (also in Prize Stories 1980, p. 228) - are from Dubus' often rewarding marriage/divorce documentary line: "The Winter Father" goes nowhere in particular, but its record of weekend parenting (including visits to a daytime jazz-nightclub for kids) is cool, precise tender, and funny; likewise "Delivery," which captures the way two young boys would really discuss their parents' crumbling marriage. The title novella, however, gives us the rundown on a college teacher's post-divorce love life in loose, oddly generalized detail (it'll remind you of dozens of other mid-life broodings on affairs with young women) - and Dubus' attempt to rig up an epiphany framework (the horrified hero finds out that a former mistress aborted their baby, which leads him to make a real commitment to his current girl) merely highlights the inherent shapelessness of the material. Dubus' strengths certainly remain visible - fine dialogue, neat powers of observation, a wry if rather stiff humor ("how could he spend much time with a woman who thought Chekhov was something boys did in their beds at night?") - but this erratic new collection mostly emphasizes his continuing problems in finding natural, satisfying shapings for his genuinely-felt but quite limited core material. (Kirkus Reviews)