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Dirty Love

by Andre Dubus III

Dirty Love
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2013, 304 pages
    Jun 2014, 304 pages

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Bob Sauerbrey

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n these linked novellas, love is "dirty" - tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. Within them, Andre Dubus III explores disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning.

I don't believe in the notion of good people and bad people...that good people exist here and bad people exist here...I think we're all the above, and I don't think any reprehensible behavior is beneath me. I don't think I'm above anything - I'm a human being.*

In Dirty Love, Andre Dubus III presents people in relationships, without judgment but with great empathy and compassion. Each of the four interconnected stories lets us enter a life that resonates as our own: a person struggling with his own dreams and darkness, his own hopes and despair, his own loves and the capacity to sabotage that love. Just as in the scenes and acts of our own lives, we should not expect neat and complete resolutions, so Dubus's world is a mix of great need and desire, great satisfaction, and great disappointment.

As death always stalks the living, so that shadow is an ever-constant part of our ...

*These quotes are from Andre Dubus III's Big Think interview:

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