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Bluesman

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Publisher Comments:

With House of Sand and Fog, his National Book Award-nominated novel, Andre Dubus III demonstrated his mastery of the complexities of character and desire. In this earlier novel he captures a roiling time in American history and the coming-of-age of a boy who must decide between desire, ambition, and duty.

In the summer of 1967, Leo Suther has one more year of high school to finish and a lot more to learn. He's in love with the beautiful Allie Donovan who introduces him to her father, Chick — a construction foreman and avowed Communist. Soon Leo finds himself in the midst of a consuming love affair and an intense testing of his political values. Chick's passionate views challenge Leo's perspective on the escalating Vietnam conflict and on just where he stands in relation to the new people in his life. Throughout his — and the nation's — unforgettable "summer of love," Leo is learning the language of the blues, which seem to speak to the mourning he feels for his dead mother, his occasionally distant father, and the youth which is fast giving way to manhood.

Review:

"A thin-blooded debut novel....Dubus moves through the same New England backwaters as his father and speaks in tones of similar gloom, but without the depth and restraint that this territory demands....Despite some highly melodramatic scenarios, Dubus manages to keep the volume pretty low throughout — too much so, in fact....The narrative, as fine as it is, ultimately has a rather hollow ring — and needs badly to encase something more than it has been given. Rather flat and wide of the mark: a disappointment." Kirkus Reviews

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"Dubus captures well those small, mundane moments upon which lives really turn, and he captures too the enthusiasms and confusions of adolescence confronting adulthood." Library Journal

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About the Author

Andre Dubus III lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375725166
Author:
Dubus III, Andre
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Dubus, Andre, III
Author:
Andre Dubus III
Author:
Dubus III Andre
Author:
Dubus III, Andre
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Blues musicians
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Musical fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
105-846
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.02x5.22x.76 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375725166 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A thin-blooded debut novel....Dubus moves through the same New England backwaters as his father and speaks in tones of similar gloom, but without the depth and restraint that this territory demands....Despite some highly melodramatic scenarios, Dubus manages to keep the volume pretty low throughout — too much so, in fact....The narrative, as fine as it is, ultimately has a rather hollow ring — and needs badly to encase something more than it has been given. Rather flat and wide of the mark: a disappointment."
"Review" by , "Dubus captures well those small, mundane moments upon which lives really turn, and he captures too the enthusiasms and confusions of adolescence confronting adulthood."
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