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Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani was once a powerful and respected officer in the Shah of Iran's air force. Having fled the country with his family, he works by day spearing trash on California highways and by night as a clerk in a convenience store while deceiving his family into believing that he has a loftier job. Now, willing to risk the modest remainder of his fortune to restore his family's dignity, he buys a small house at a county auction, planning to sell it again for three or four times what he paid. But the house has been auctioned because of a bureaucratic error, and Behrani's fragile plans are jeopardized when Kathy Nicolo, the owner of the house, begins to protest the sale.

A recovering alcoholic and addict, Kathy is desperate to regain her only tie to stability — her home. In doing so, she enlists the help of Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who has fallen precipitously in love with her. As Kathy and Lester become obsessed with seeking justice by whatever means possible, the three characters converge on an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.

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"A mixture of classical tragedy perfectly imbued with film noir...the work of a writer who is the real thing." The Baltimore Sun

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"A page-turner with a beating heart." The Boston Globe

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to resotre his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

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Andre Dubus III lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Genevieve, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Genevieve)
A fascinating story of the loss of home ownership and repossion
entangled in the bureaucracy. The home was purchased by a foreign General new to this country ; becoming so entangled in the process that the totally unexpected ending took your breath away.
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AZ reader, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by AZ reader)
When I started reading this book...I didn't care for it...but found that I was soon empathizing/sympathizing with whatever character (except the cop) was in the chapter I was reading. I still wasn't sure I really enjoyed the book when I finished it...but it has hung with me for 5 years. Often I'll read what I consider a great book, but it fades from memory except perhaps the title. Not so with The House of Sand and Fog.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375708411
Author:
Dubus III, Andre
Publisher:
Vintage
Author:
Andre Dubus III
Author:
Dubus, Andre, III
Author:
Dubus III Andre
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
California
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Home ownership
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Iranian Americans.
Subject:
San Mateo County
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)
Series Volume:
101-515
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x .7 in .625 lb

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Product details 368 pages Vintage - English 9780375708411 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A mixture of classical tragedy perfectly imbued with film noir...the work of a writer who is the real thing."
"Review" by , "A page-turner with a beating heart."
"Synopsis" by , NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to resotre his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

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