Dirty Love

  • by Andre Dubus III
  • Narrated by Andre Dubus III
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this heartbreakingly beautiful book of disillusioned intimacy and persistent yearning, beloved and celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love.
In these linked novellas in which characters walk out the back door of one story and into the next, love is "dirty" - tangled up with need, power, boredom, ego, fear, and fantasy. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after 25 years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she’s met surfing the Web.
Slivered by happiness and discontent, aging and death, but also persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, October 2013 - Celebrated author Andre Dubus III returns to the format that first gained him recognition - the short story - with four intertwined novellas in Dirty Love. These four tales explore love through the disillusioned eyes of four very different, very broken people. From a man who learns that his wife has been cheating on him after 25 years of marriage, to a young girl who runs from her damaged reputation after an inappropriate video of her is posted online, Dubus' prose is both haunting and heartbreaking, provocative and hopeful. Dubus himself narrates the audiobook, and I can't wait to hear him bring to life this interconnected, intimate world he masterfully crafted. —Katie, Audible Editor

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What the Critics Say

“Dubus is an outstanding author, for sure, and here his narrator's voice shines just as brightly as his literary one.” (AudioFile)
“First rate fiction by a dazzling talent.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)
“I can think of no novelist who renders the gritty, down-and-out corners of New England better than Dubus, and those beautifully specific, contained slices of American life open into whole universes of love, violence, guilt, and betrayal.” (The New Republic)

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Love and Indifference

Ok here's what I think worked in this book..... The novellas/ short stories/novel held my interest throughout. The authors desire to delve into the emotions and messiness of romantic relationships was apparent from beginning to end, making the story/stories interesting and somewhat insightful. And many of the characters were well developed and interestng.
Ok......so what I think didn't work so well was this author again decided to narrate his own book. Mr Dubus'111 narration this time, in attempt I believe to avoid the monotone issue of his narration in his memoir Townie, Dubus111 narrates this book in a sing song style that for me is reminiscent of the style of slam poets. I found this narration style distracting and unfortunately not a positive asset to this book.
Also what is going on with so many authors recent works? The endings are non-endings. The "endings"seem to be from the "figure it out for yourself" school of thought. Is it just my imagination that more and more authors now are choosing to end their books this way?
So if I could I'd give this book a solid 3.5. Good, not great.
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- Suzn F "I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?"

This one was tough to get through, because it rips your heart out.

With Debus III you come to know you will get people. You will be taken inside them. You will inhabit their lives and see through their eyes. But you will also feel the torpor of their loins and the fatigue in their muscles and you will bear the harpies in their heads and be enlisted to shoulder the burden of their souls. When he takes you down the lanes of these fucked up people, which we all are, that empathy he feeds you can be a very bitter pill. Maybe that best sums up Andre Debus III's writing for me, NO SUGAR COATING. And when your medicine is being administered - all his characters struggle with their medicine - you think, a little sugar might go along way. But he's unrelenting in his eye of honesty. And in his own voice reading it to you like so much truth upon truth, it all wounds and heals at the same time. There were moments in this book where I felt I couldn't go on. But by the end, it had ended far too soon, as Crazy Love always does.
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- Meeno

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios