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John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Mass., heart of the Commonwealth, where Johnny's mom, Frances, is driving in the breakdown lane once again. She thinks Johnny and his little sister Audrey have been replaced by aliens; she's sure of it, and she's pretty certain that she herself is already dead, or she wouldn't need to cover the stink of her rotting flesh with Jean Naté Après Bain. Dad, truck driver and pathological liar, is down South somewhere living his secret life. And Audrey, when she's not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet telling herself stories. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

In his "truly original voice" (Miami Herald) and with the "miraculous beauty of his tale-telling" (New York Times Book Review), Dufresne brings his unparalleled eye for the tragic and the absurd to the dysfunctions and joys of family in this powerful new novel.

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"In the latest from Dufresne (Love Warps the Mind a Little) novelist John's newest manuscript doesn't impress his girlfriend, Annick, who thinks 'it doesn't breathe.' So he goes back and rewrites it as a memoir: a book within a book. In it, Johnny and Audrey grow up in Requiem, Mass., with their unraveling mother, Frances, who believes her children were replaced by aliens and who bathes in gasoline. Their secretive truck driver father, Rainey, almost certainly has something odd going on down South. The book unfolds like a series of nesting dolls: John meanders around his coastal Florida home, writing his novel, visiting with friends and going on appointments for teaching jobs, while Johnny lives with his mother's worsening condition, his father's absences, his mother's hospitalization and a momentous trip South. Then there are stories within the memoir within the story, including the one a woman tells about her friend, Ginger Rae, who talks of writing a neighbor's suicide note, then claims it's part of a story she herself is writing. John is a very amusing unreliable narrator, and Dufresne's witty, sardonic take on life's fictions leaps off the page. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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'Dufresne"s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.' '"People

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In the tragicomic mode of his best-selling Louisiana Power & Light, a hilarious and tenderhearted novel about a son's attempts to save his family.

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John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Massachusetts, where Johnny"s mom is driving in the breakdown lane once again. Dad is down South somewhere living his secret life. And little sister Audrey, when she"s not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

About the Author

John Dufresne has written several books, including the novels Requiem, Mass. and Love Warps the Mind a Little (a New York Times Notable Book), and the fiction writing guides The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? He lives in Dania Beach, Florida.

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Clyderat, July 27, 2012 (view all comments by Clyderat)
John Dufresne does a masterful job of shifting between the past and present to deliver a tale based on his unbelievably dysfunctional childhood as the son of two parents who were emotionally and physically unavailable. Although the story is tragic, Dufresne is able to weave enough lighter comic elements into the narrative to bring humor to an extremely sad situation.

After reading this and "Louisiana Power and Light Co.", Dufresne has become one of my favorite authors. I had to fight to put this one down.
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ISBN:
9780393057904
Author:
Dufresne, John
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
DuFresne, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Problem families
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Domestic fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
July 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.9 x 1.1 in 0.85 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the latest from Dufresne (Love Warps the Mind a Little) novelist John's newest manuscript doesn't impress his girlfriend, Annick, who thinks 'it doesn't breathe.' So he goes back and rewrites it as a memoir: a book within a book. In it, Johnny and Audrey grow up in Requiem, Mass., with their unraveling mother, Frances, who believes her children were replaced by aliens and who bathes in gasoline. Their secretive truck driver father, Rainey, almost certainly has something odd going on down South. The book unfolds like a series of nesting dolls: John meanders around his coastal Florida home, writing his novel, visiting with friends and going on appointments for teaching jobs, while Johnny lives with his mother's worsening condition, his father's absences, his mother's hospitalization and a momentous trip South. Then there are stories within the memoir within the story, including the one a woman tells about her friend, Ginger Rae, who talks of writing a neighbor's suicide note, then claims it's part of a story she herself is writing. John is a very amusing unreliable narrator, and Dufresne's witty, sardonic take on life's fictions leaps off the page. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 'Dufresne"s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.' '"People
"Synopsis" by , In the tragicomic mode of his best-selling Louisiana Power & Light, a hilarious and tenderhearted novel about a son's attempts to save his family.
"Synopsis" by , John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Massachusetts, where Johnny"s mom is driving in the breakdown lane once again. Dad is down South somewhere living his secret life. And little sister Audrey, when she"s not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

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