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House of Sand and Fog In this “pageturner with a beating heart” Boston Globe, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold on to her home in California But this becomes contested territory when a recent immigrant from the Middle East—a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force—becomes determined to restore his family’s dignity through buying the house When the woman’s lover, a married cop, intervenes, he goes to extremes to win her love Andre Dubus III’s unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict An “affecting, subtle portrait of two hostile but equally fragile camps” The New Yorker, their tragedy paints a shockingly true picture of the country we still live in today, two decades after this book’s first publication


10 thoughts on “House of Sand and Fog

  1. Jeffrey Keeten Jeffrey Keeten says:

    “And that's what I wanted: obliteration. Decimation. Just an instant smear of me right out of all this rising and falling and nothing changing that feels like living.”

    In the beginning there was Kathy Nicolo.

    She is an addict who has been through a drug rehabilitation program. She has been flying straight for a while. She cleans house


  2. Margitte Margitte says:

    When the Shah of Iran is ousted and a revolution breaks out in the country, Colonel Massoud Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force, and his family, once respected and well-to-do residents in their country, become nothing else but vulnerable immigrants to the United States where the only status left for them is to be called foreigners for the r


  3. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III

    House of Sand and Fog is a 1999 novel by Andre Dubus III. It was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2000, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, and was adapted into the 2003 film, House of Sand and Fog.

    The novel begins by introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from


  4. Marta Marta says:

    uuuugh i hated this book!!!!!! BUT before i start trashing it, i'll say that there is one thing i liked about it - the author's ability to give two completely different viewpoints and make the reader understand and empathize with them both. all i'll say about the plot is that it's about two people fighting for the ownership of a bungalow (that in itself sho


  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating: 4.75* of five

    The Publisher Says: On a road crew in California, a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force sees a way to restore his family's dignity in an attractive bungalow available on county auction. But the house's owner, a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck, will fight for the one thing she has left. And her lover, a ma


  6. Robin Robin says:

    We're all familiar with tragedies, aren't we? Most of us learned about them in school, through Shakespeare - possibly first with (my favourite) Macbeth. A guy with out of control ambition does unthinkable things to good people and the world swirls in demonic confusion until he is brought to his knees and destroyed. Damn. That gets my blood going.

    B


  7. Nandakishore Varma Nandakishore Varma says:

    There are certain stories we know are going to end badly: yet we read them. The suspense is unbearable even when we have a shrewd idea what the outcome is going to be: yet we keep on turning the pages. Why? Do we think that after all, we may be mistaken, and all may turn out right? Or is it a masochistic tendency to keep hurting ourselves, and sigh with deject


  8. Shira Karp Shira Karp says:

    I loved this book. It was amazing. I never thought I would get so wrapped up in a story where the main character was actually a house (or should I say a bungalow as that is how it is mostly referred to in the book). In the first few chapters it seemed obvious who the good guy and who the bad guy in the story were, but I quickly found that line blurred and throu


  9. Joe Joe says:

    The reason I love this book is because it beautifully presents a problem from two sides, then let's the reader decide which side he or she supports. This isn't foxnews. The author transitions from chapter to chapter between the two main characters, using wonderful language for each, and then lets the reader decide. Neither of the characters were perfect, but nei


  10. Shannon Shannon says:

    I have never had such a horribly visceral reaction to a novel. The story unfolded tragically but the writing unraveled something worse. The author only succeeded in presenting two sides of a story equally - I didn't care about either one, or the little abode (widows walk or not).

    To torture myself further, I watched the movie. I am a fan of Ben Kingsle


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