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Times Are Never So Bad [Paperback]

Andre Dubus

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Book Description

April 23 1986 Penguin short fiction
Ordinary lives, lives that brush against us every day, that's Dubus territory. It's rendered in the unblinking realism for which he is famous, and which, in this collection of short fiction, focuses on the twisting deformations of love that police, with irony, call "domestic disturbances." Andre Dubus is a well established author whose beat is the Northeast. He knows it and its people, its nuances and problems. He writes with great honesty and conviction about people and their lives.

"...luminous with honesty and generosity. Dubus is interested in essential things--in the shadowy powers that circle our lives and in the slender resources of faith and love with which we try to keep them at bay." --Tobias Wolff

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (APB) (April 23 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140083383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140083385
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 463 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Major Collection June 1 2010
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Having read all of Dubus's collections, this is my third favorite, after Adultery and Separate Flights. In "A Father's Story" Dubus once again delves into Catholicism and delivers a poignant story of a man struggling between his love for God and his own daughter. The strongest piece in this collection is the turbulent novella "The Pretty Girl". With a quick and varied sentence structure, Dubus again proves he is a sentence level writer; also, the switch from 3rd to 1st person throughout is an evocative and pervasive tool. This novella is show's Dubus's believe that lives can suddenly change, often with sudden violence, sometimes with grace.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. Good stories. April 10 2014
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This book should be bought so a hard copy of ‘A Father’s Story’ exists near you. ‘Cadence’, along with many others should too.

The book is built with quality binding and paper. The print is assessable. The art inside is attainable.

I recommend all work by Andre Dubus. Great writing.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writer Sept. 26 2010
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Get his collected stories. Then, after that, like me, you'll probably wanna get every book separately. Highly enjoyable reading for the "literary" reader.

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