Gone So Long

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Gone So Long
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.

Published by W.W. Norton

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“A compassionate and wonderful novel…Dubus renders this story of love, jealousy, guilt, and atonement in a voice that rings with authenticity and evokes the texture of working-class lives.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dubus is in his gritty wheelhouse, exploring the question of how we live with our mistakes and whether we can ever stop adding to them.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Full of ghosts and regrets and glimmering shards of excavated memory, Gone So Long is about destruction and redemption and the stupid, stubborn way people have of squandering love.”—Boston Globe

Gone So Long isn’t a thriller, but it’s taut with tension. Dubus manages to keep readers on edge…a meditation on regret and anger—how people process and cope with it throughout their lives and how destructive it can be to keep it bottled up.”—Associated Press

“Dubus has a gift for writing fiction that inspires empathy with characters who initially seem detestable…He brings a light touch to questions of morality and justice and moves delicately between seaside New England and swampy Florida, infusing life into the characters in this heartbreaking novel.”—National Book Review

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Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, Townie, The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah Book Club pick and a finalist for the National Book Award). He lives with his family north of Boston. Read more»
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November 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, selected for “Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon

October 5, 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, selected for “Best Reviewed Books of the Week”, Book Marks/Literary Hub, an international online journal

October 5, 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, “New and Notable: Hot Fiction”, Entertainment Weekly

October 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, “Editors’ Pick: Best Book of the Month”, Amazon

September 2018, Gone So Long, a novel,“Best New Fall Books” List, Vogue Magazine, New York, New York

September 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, “PW Pick: Books of the Week”, Publishers Weekly

September 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

September 2018, Gone So Long, a novel, Starred Review, The Library Journal







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