Dirty Love (Hardcover)
Kim's November 2013 Staff Pick: I should caveat that after meeting Mr. Dubus at Literary Sojourn I do have a huge crush. He is smart, funny, attractive and loves independent bookstores!
His publisher calls Dirty Love a collection of novellas and they’re fabulous. Tenuously tied together by common characters, the longest stories are the bookends.
Depressing? Of course. At times gritty? Definitely. And, yes, there’s a lot of sex. But if you enjoy Dubus, you’ll enjoy Dirty Love because his writing is as gorgeous as ever. And his insight into damaged relationships and real people begging for love is spot on— From Kim B's Picks
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 twenty-five 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.