Gone So Long (Hardcover)

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A jealous murder, 40 years and 1,000 miles separate Daniel and Susan — father and daughter.  Susan has escaped the carnival life in an amusement park to become a professor and writer. Can her father say the words he has tried so hard to express? Can Susan’s writing substitute for the absence of her parents’ love? Dubus takes the reader deep into the core of his characters as they comer ever closer to confronting their loveless lives.

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393244106
ISBN-10: 0393244105
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 2nd, 2018
Pages: 480
Language: English