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ISBN13: 9780393041651
ISBN10: 0393041654
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Publisher Comments:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog — a new big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel.

One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.

Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus's #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog — and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

Review:

"Dubus's ambitious if uneven follow-up to House of Sand and Fog begins shortly before 9/11 with stripper April taking her three-year-old daughter, Franny, to work after the babysitter flakes at the last minute. Though she leaves Franny with the club's house mother and intends to keep tabs on her, April's distracted on the floor by Bassam, a Muslim who's in Florida to take flying lessons and (like one of the real 9/11 hijackers) spends early September 2001 throwing around money and living lasciviously. Meanwhile, AJ, a down-on-his-luck local, lingers in the parking lot after getting thrown out for touching a dancer. The slow-starting plot splinters once Franny wanders outside and disappears. Soon, AJ's wanted for kidnapping, April's run through the social service wringers as an unfit parent, and the murky particulars of Bassam's mission come into sharp focus as he struggles with his religious convictions. Dubus gives the breath of life to most of his characters (Bassam — not so much), though the narrative has a mechanical feeling, partially owing to the narrow emotional register Dubus works in: doom and desperation are in plentiful supply from page one, and as the novel fades to black, the reader's left with a roster of sadder-but-wiser Americans to contemplate. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

So here's the setup: A decent if rootless American working girl commits a minor household slip-up, which sets her on a collision course with a wounded yet determined emigre from a Middle Eastern hotbed. Caught somewhere in the wreckage created by these two is a basically decent but likewise wounded blue-collar worker.

Does that description, which roughly applies to Andre Dubus' new... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[E]xplores the bewildering complexities of sexuality, and the dire repercussions of isolation and desperation." Booklist

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"Dubus does a masterful job of allowing the reader to understand, if not forgive, why each character does what he or she does....Difficult to put down, impossible to forget." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

'So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.' '"Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog--a new big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel.

Synopsis:

One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.
Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus's #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog--and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

About the Author

Andre Dubus III is the author of House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah's Book Club selection and finalist for the National Book Award), Bluesman, and The Cage Keeper and Other Stories. He lives with his family north of Boston.

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Clark, August 9, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
My first thought after finishing this book was "wow, that was a complete waste of time." The Garden of Last Days is tedious and slow moving. The plot of the book lacked in so many different ways. There were different parts in this book, in particular the character Bassam, that I really had no idea what was going on. This book was not written well and it was a chore to finish. The Garden of Last Days is a major disappointment and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393041651
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Dubus III, Andre
Author:
Dubus, Andre, III
Author:
Andre Dubus III
Author:
Dubus, Andre
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Life change events
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Suspense
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6.7 x 1.6 in 1.995 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dubus's ambitious if uneven follow-up to House of Sand and Fog begins shortly before 9/11 with stripper April taking her three-year-old daughter, Franny, to work after the babysitter flakes at the last minute. Though she leaves Franny with the club's house mother and intends to keep tabs on her, April's distracted on the floor by Bassam, a Muslim who's in Florida to take flying lessons and (like one of the real 9/11 hijackers) spends early September 2001 throwing around money and living lasciviously. Meanwhile, AJ, a down-on-his-luck local, lingers in the parking lot after getting thrown out for touching a dancer. The slow-starting plot splinters once Franny wanders outside and disappears. Soon, AJ's wanted for kidnapping, April's run through the social service wringers as an unfit parent, and the murky particulars of Bassam's mission come into sharp focus as he struggles with his religious convictions. Dubus gives the breath of life to most of his characters (Bassam — not so much), though the narrative has a mechanical feeling, partially owing to the narrow emotional register Dubus works in: doom and desperation are in plentiful supply from page one, and as the novel fades to black, the reader's left with a roster of sadder-but-wiser Americans to contemplate. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[E]xplores the bewildering complexities of sexuality, and the dire repercussions of isolation and desperation."
"Review" by , "Dubus does a masterful job of allowing the reader to understand, if not forgive, why each character does what he or she does....Difficult to put down, impossible to forget."
"Synopsis" by , 'So good, so damn compulsively readable, that I can hardly believe it.' '"Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog--a new big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel.
"Synopsis" by , One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.
Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus's #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog--and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.
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