Andre Dubus III's first novel in a decade is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy. Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III. In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades. Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn't remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear. Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.
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by Andre Dubus, III
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"Andre Dubus III's outstanding novel is marred only by his truly bad narration. His colorless monotone is punctuated by audible sniffs, and his characters are voiced without feeling. If not for the compelling, beautifully written story of a family ripped apart by a terrible crime, this audiobook would not be worth the listen. Listeners who can ignore the narration, however, will find a gritty fable of redemption: A dying man has just been released from prison for the brutal murder of his wife. The daughter he left behind in the wreckage is now grown. Each simultaneously longs for and dreads their inevitable reunion. A heartfelt performance by Dubus could have concluded his story with the poignancy it deserves. D.G.P. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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