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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,736 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andre Dubus III Narrator: Dan John Miller Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.

Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam.

Meanwhile, another man, A. J., has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.

From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity.

Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' number-one best seller - House of Sand and Fog - and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/17/2014

    " Language. Not sure how I got this book. Wasn't one I chose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Foti | 1/30/2014

    " At more than halfway through (400 pages) it was barely into the second day. That's a little more detail than I really need. But Dubus gets into everyone's head and creates complex, believable characters who never seem to act in line with the way they see themselves: more careless, less righteous. Just like the rest of us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting story. The last days before 9/11 in Sarasota. It also involves some of the perpetrators. The story advances from the viewpoints of the varying characters (somewhat like House of Sand and Fog). Somewhat depressing and a little too much perspective from the terrorists, but still worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/21/2014

    " This was a hard book to get through because there is so much emotion around 9/11, and to be taken into the inner world of one of the pilots who participated in the attack was at times too eerie to handle and I had to put the book aside. But the characters are so entrancing, and little Franny so pulls your heartstrings that you can't stop reading because you have to make sure she is safe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 1/19/2014

    " Similar format to Sand and Fog, but nearly as well done. The 9/11 sub plot had a relevance and felt like an ad in and the amount of user perspective became dizzying and confusing. Some I question why were even in the story. Not worth the effort or time to read this 500 page novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brennan | 1/14/2014

    " kinda wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but that wasn't an option. been meaning to read this one for a long time and finally got around to it. i liked it better than i thought i would and couldn't put it down. very very intense as all the action takes place over a 48 hour period pretty much, but very good and surprisingly you really get to know the characters in such a short time. it's long but worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erik | 1/8/2014

    " Tedious. Boring. 400 pages too long. This book is dedicated to Larry Brown - do yourself a favor and read one of his books and skip this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 1/1/2014

    " This book has gotten great reviews, but maybe it was too real for me. I found it quite disturbing. Based on the night before the World Trade Center attack, set in a Florida strip club. There were a few different story lines going on, but it was told so real that I thought I would turn on the tv and hear the same stories. Kudos to the author for this but maybe a subject I didn't need to be that real for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 1/1/2014

    " The story isn't exactly complex, possibly a little predictable. The character development is outstanding. You want to read to know more about them, take care of them, smack them around a little. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Hardesty | 11/8/2013

    " Andre Dubus III is one of my favorite authors. He also wrote House of Sand and Fog which is my favorite novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/23/2013

    " This is a compelling story of 9/11 - He really weaves a grand story revolving around a different type of main character. He doesn't shy away from writing stories with seedy characters. Loved this book. recommend "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 10/2/2013

    " Did not finish. Did not like any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janac | 9/17/2012

    " All I can say about this book was it was a waste of good time. Maybe I don't get it, but I did not at all enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 4/27/2012

    " This is author who forces me to think even though it is fiction. I finish his books then read back through certain pages or chapters just to make sure I didn't miss something. Another wonderful book about how even the smallest chocies can spiral out of control. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marissa Morrison | 3/5/2012

    " It started with a momentum that reminded me of House of Sand and Fog (which is a wonderful book). But midway I realized that I didn't care about any of these sketchy, flawed characters. Ultimately this novel had no emotional impact on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/20/2012

    " Really liked it. The characters were believable & the story just made me want to keep reading...didn't want to put it down. I'm planning on checking out other books by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Webb | 9/4/2011

    " Fantastic story. Spellbinding, suspenseful, sad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 8/24/2011

    " The underlying theme of this book was about 9/11 and how the lives of the characters were impacted in the days leading up to this defining event. Very adult content. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hailly | 6/24/2011

    " Probably more like a 3.5 - not as good as House of Sand and Fog "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 6/20/2011

    " The beginning was good then it climax and then it just got off track so they had to hurry up and end it... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 6/17/2011

    " I read about 100 pages and just couldn't finish it. It was rather disjointed and very slow. Very dissapointing after The House of Sand and Fog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 6/9/2011

    " What a depressing read. I did not like any of the characters. Everyone's lives were so messed up. I don't know why there was so much of AJ's story. The book is well written. I felt like I got to know all these people but I don't know why. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendra | 6/8/2011

    " The writing was certainly engaging - I read about 1/2 of the nearly 500 page book in 2 days. But I just didn't feel like reading any more about these stupid people making stupid choices in the seedy underbelly in Florida. I skimmed through the last 1/2 of the book to find out the conclusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 6/4/2011

    " Some of the characters are sympathetic and I was hoping for the best for them. An examination of the days preceding Sept. 11th. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/4/2011

    " Another good one by my man Andre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 5/24/2011

    " Andre Dubus III is one of my favorite authors. He also wrote House of Sand and Fog which is my favorite novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/14/2011

    " This book was a very standard 3...the storyline kept me coming back, but I wasn't enthralled. Dark book about the seedy underbelly...a bit ranchy for me. I like sexy but this crossed a line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shadoh | 4/12/2011

    " pretty darn good and captivating so far. !! i heard his interview on cbc, excellant speaker, prompted me to read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jeff | 3/31/2011

    " The storyline was ok... Again, the character development is quite impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 3/31/2011

    " This book is amazing in character development and in story line. I love Andre Dubus III writing. "

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