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House of Sand and Fogby Andre Dubus III
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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.
"A mesmerizing tale of the American Dream gone terribly awry....The son and namesake of one of our most talented writers has embarked on a dazzling career in his own right." Publishers Weekly
"Elegant and powerful...an unusual and volatile...literary thriller." The Washington Post Book World
"House of Sand and Fog is a page-turner with a beating heart." Boston Globe
"Dubus's attention to detail and realistic prose style give the narrative a hard-edged, cinematic quality, but unlike many movies, its outcome is unexpected. Recommended for all fiction collections." Reba Leiding, Library Journal
"House of Sand and Fog is one of the best American novels I've ever read." James Lee Burke, author of Heaven's Prisoners
"[A]n enthralling tragedy....No villains here, but only precisely rendered proof that the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Kirkus Reviews
"Dubus writes gorgeous prose with a noirish edge, holding his readers spellbound..." Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)
An American tragedy, House of Sand and Fog turns both the traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story upside down with a heartrending outcome in a master stroke of American realism and Shakespearean consequence.
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 restore 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.
About the Author
Andre Dubus III lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
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