"First rate fiction by a dazzling talent. (starred review)" "Highly recommended... Filled with heartbreak, slices of happiness, and unrelenting hope." -- Lisa Block "It's that just-out-of-reach desire that creates such poignancy in each of these stories, including one about a philandering bartender named Robert, who likes to pretend he's a poet. He's not, but Dubus is. He's got a transparent, easy style that's never self-consciously lyrical but constantly delivers phrases of insight and gentle wit that lay open these characters without scalding them with irony, as we've come to expect from so many clever novelists." -- Ron Charles "I can think of no novelist who renders the gritty, down-and-out corners of New England better than Dubus, and those beautifully specific, contained slices of American life open into whole universes of love, violence, guilt, and betrayal." "Powerful... lush." -- Anthony Doerr "Fabulous...[Dubus's] writing is as gorgeous as ever." -- Kim Curtis "[Dubus] writ[es] with...winning candor and intelligence." -- Mark Athitakis "Staggeringly good... . Dubus can home in more quickly and efficiently on a character's inner life than any writer I've encountered in recent memory." -- Jeff Turrentine "Intimate short stories and novellas about the difficulty of sharing lives, about betrayal and fidelity and the emotional violence we inflict on the people we love." -- Nina MacLaughlin "Dubus delivers strong insights into bad behavior." -- Mary Pols "Gorgeous." -- Chloe Schama "[N]obody does quiet desperation better than Dubus."Rezension:
[N]obody does quiet desperation better than Dubus. "
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