Synopses & Reviews
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 She thinks Johnny and his little sister Audrey have been replaced by aliens; she's sure of it, and she's pretty certain that she herself is already dead, or she wouldn't need to cover the stink of her rotting flesh with Jean Nat Aprimp;quest;s 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.
"John Dufresne imbues the most appalling stories with humor and such an even-handed warmth they almost glow. He rides the tragicomic edge." Miami Herald
"Dufresne's orchestration of wayward strands of storytelling makes him a worthy heir to Laurence Sterne, James Joyce and William Faulkner." BookPage
"Dufresne's characters are poignant, their frailties both pitiful and hilarious in this novel of the strong push and pull of family entanglements." Booklist
"Dufresne knows how to twine a poet's language with a fictionista's verve." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Dufresne's incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough." --
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.
“Dufresne’s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.” —People
About the Author
John Dufresne is the author of seven books, including the New York Times Notable Books Love Warps the Mind a Little and Louisiana Power & Light. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Florida International University and lives in Dania Beach, Florida.