The Garden of Last Days
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The Garden of Last Days

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One early September night, at the moment before the world changes, a young woman brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter, Jean, has had a panic attack that's landed her in hospital. April doesn't really know anyone else, so decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works. But April is a stripper at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood, honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love.It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' bestselling "House of Sand and Fog" - and with an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 34mm | 364g
  • Cornerstone
  • Windmill Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099527332
  • 9780099527336
  • 586,456

Review quote

"The best book I read this winter...This book is so good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it...Dubus casts a net of dread over the reader so strong that one sometimes longs to put it down, but finds himself unable... you want to grab someone and tell them to read it - don't wait for the movie, read it now." Stephen King "'More than cements Dubus' status as one of America's finest writers... Tension and confusion are wrought from every spare yet evocative sentence." Irvine Welsh "'You cannot help but be mesmerised'" -- Sunday Times "Explosive... profound...masterful...Difficult to put down, impossible to forget." Kirkus (starred review) "Riveting and disturbing." Esquireshow more

About Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of House of Sand and Fog, Bluesman and The Cage Keeper and Other Stories. He lives with his family north of Boston.show more

Review Text

"Explosive... profound...masterful...Difficult to put down, impossible to forget."show more

Back cover copy

(Quotes to come) One early September night in Florida, a young mother brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter, Jean, has had a panic attack that has landed her in the hospital. April doesn't really know anyone else, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office while she works. But April is a stripper at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood, honour and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, The Garden of Last Days has all the psychological tension of Andre Dubus's bestselling House of Sand and Fog.show more

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4,148 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 16% (643)
4 34% (1,430)
3 33% (1,360)
2 13% (532)
1 4% (183)
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