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House of Sand and Fog (Oprah's Book Club


By Andre Dubus III

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Format: Paperback / softback, 368 pages
Published In: United States, 29 February 2000
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.


"A page-turner with a beating heart." --"The Boston Globe""A mixture of classical tragedy perfectly imbued with film noir.... House of Sand and Fog is the work of a writer who is the real thing." --"The Baltimore Sun""Elegant and powerful.... An unusual and volatile literary thriller." --"The Washington Post Book World""House of Sand and Fog is one of the best American novels I've ever read." --James Lee Burke

EAN: 9780375727344
ISBN: 0375727345
Publisher: Vintage Books
Dimensions: 20.37 x 13.26 x 1.93 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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An incredibly sad story of how lives can go terribly wrong with the stroke of a bureaucrats pen. When Kathy is mistakenly thrown out of her house for non-payment of taxes, it becomes the catalyst for meetings and decisions which will forever affect all who become involved. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Kathy, Lester Burdon, the deputy who removes her from her house and subsequently ruins his marriage for her, and father of the Behranis, an immigrant family who purchase the house from the county, the novel makes bare the deep lying sadness hidden in the American psyche of home and family. Flawed characters and amazing writing keep you asking how this will ever be able to be resolved. The ending tells you that you didn't think it would be like that. In a way I didn't like reading this story. It made me tense. This is a credit to the author's realism. Great read.

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