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Gone So Long (Hardcover)

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Fearing it would be too dark, I avoided this incredible novel for months. Though heart-wrenching at times, it is an amazing exploration of how the heart can expand to accept - if not heal from - the hurts we inflict and experience. Giddy first love is contrasted with violent jealous rage. Dubus writes about the loneliness and isolation of a man in prison, and of his daughter growing up in the care of her grandmother, essentially an orphan. The author's first novel in a decade is well worth the wait!

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Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III. In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.

Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn't remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear.

Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393244106
ISBN-10: 0393244105
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 480
Language: English