The seven stories collected here–including “Killings,” the basis for Todd Field’s award-winning film In the Bedroom
–showcase legendary writer Andre Dubus’s sheer narrative mastery in a book of quietly staggering emotional power.
A father in mourning contemplates the unthinkable as the only way to allay his grief. A boy must learn to care for his younger brother when their mother leaves the family. A young woman who has never lacked lovers despairs of ever finding love itself, and then makes an accidental discovery that brings her real joy. Culled from Dubus’s treasured collections Selected Stories
and Dancing After Hours,
these beautiful stories of people at pivotal moments in their lives are some of the most bewitching and profound in American fiction.
“Dubus is the sort of writer who instructs the heart.” –The Atlantic Monthy
“It is a rare thing to admire an artist from a distance and upon meeting him not be disillusioned. After meeting Andre my admiration for his courage, talent, and humanity grew tenfold. . . . If you have never read him, get ready–you will never be the same again.” –Todd Field, from the Preface
“The lives of his characters become part of any close reader’s permanent bank of important memories.” –The Boston Globe
“Like Chekhov’s, Dubus’s best stories contain the arc of a whole life in the language of specific moments.” –The Village Voice