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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (50,290 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus Narrator: Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus, Fontaine Dollas Dubus Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "The most rending kind of war is not between two hatreds, but between two hopes. Dubus sets out the growing confrontation with chilly ingenuity and a remarkably observant compassion. A fine and prophetic novel."

    Los Angeles Times 

  • "A page-turner with a beating heart."

    Boston Globe 

  • "It is rare these days to encounter a novel that follows the rules of Greek tragedy. Dubus is a taker of risks. A craftsman of character and dialogue, Dubus has dared to push his limits."

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • "An utterly believable, riveting journey. Dubus has written a story that one cannot help but care about."

    San Diego Union-Tribune 

  • "A mixture of classical tragedy perfectly imbued with film noir … The work of a writer who is the real thing."

    Baltimore Sun 

  • "A poignant drama that is engrossing. A book full of longing, a vivid and exquisitely realized snapshot of America's underside."

    Seattle Weekly 

  • "Elegant and powerful … An unusual and volatile literary thriller."

    Washington Post Book World

  • "Exceptional storytelling, true to life—searing and insightful. You can't help but be impressed."

    Philadelphia Inquirer 

  • "Dubus's chronicle of the American Dream gone awry is distinguished by his sympathetic delineation of lower-middle class life."

    Publishers Weekly 

  • “Dubus's attention to detail and realistic prose style give the narrative a hard-edged, cinematic quality, but unlike many movies, its outcome is unexpected. Recommended for all fiction collections.”

    Library Journal 

  • "Dubus proves himself both an exquisitely careful craftsman and a painstaking recorder of society."

    Boston Magazine 

  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1999
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Book Sense Book of the Year
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1999 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/19/2014

    " Loved it....kept my interest to the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Monica Rich | 2/13/2014

    " Too much/many unnecessary sex/sexual references, characters weren't very likeable. Overall a total downer, and not in a pleasantly melancholy way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Linda A | 2/11/2014

    " Oprah gushed about this book which is why I decided to read it. I really didn't see what all the fuss was about. I found it quite sad really that the original owner Kathy lost the house and the new owners anticipated bright future was so clouded by her past. Two desperate people pushed to their limits to hold on to what we all cherish most. Life made better by our hard work and perseverance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Douglas scholtz | 2/1/2014

    " utterly depressing, frustrating, and desperate. But in a completely beautiful way. "

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