Dirty Love

Dirty Love

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In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty"--tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she's met surfing the Web.

Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First Edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780393064650
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 25 cm

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beebee40 Sep 06, 2014

Dubus characterizes and develops the individuals satisfactorily. But these novellas left me disappointed and with distaste. His gratuitous, pervasive descriptions of sex in all its forms is disgusting and I am no prude.

And, he writes phrases repetitively such as: Dr. Dre headphones, iEverything, the sound was in her throat, her head, etc.

Dubus seems to be obsessed with sex.

The House of Sand and Fog was excellent;this effort reads like it was written by a robot-cliches, repetition, predictable prose.

I will read no more of his work.

Lindajwink Apr 16, 2014

I read this because I thought that his memoir was great, and although he is an excellent writer, Dubus tells a kind of depressing and sad tale of modern life. I didn't really like the story or characters too much, but found myself pleased by the way he expresses things and what he notices.

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Nov 20, 2013

In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.

In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty"—tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she’s met surfing the Web.
Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.

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