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The garden of last days a novel

by Dubus, Andre, 1959-

Format: Book on CD 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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ACLA Mobile Library Services Audios AB DUBU
Location  ACLA Mobile Library Services
Collection  Audios
Call Number  AB DUBU
Carnegie Library of McKeesport - White Oak AV CD-BK F DUB
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport - White Oak
Collection  AV
Call Number  CD-BK F DUB
April, a stripper in Florida, is forced to bring her young daughter to her nightclub job. This leads to an altercation with one of her nervous Islamic clients, a desperate man with a terrible secret mission.
April's usual babysitter, Jean, has had a panic attack that has landed her in the hospital. April doesn't really know anyone else, 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. 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, AJ, 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, page-turning 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's bestselling House of Sand and Fog - and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the best-selling House of Sand and Fog (1999), Dubus engineered an electrifying conflict between an American woman and an Iranian colonel in exile. In his long-awaited new novel, Dubus fashions another disturbing and revealing encounter between an American woman on the edge and an intense Muslim man. But in this risky and relentless tale set on the verge of 9/11, sexual mores serve as a gauge of the perilous divide between American freedom and Muslim extremism. April is a single mother living in Florida and working as a stripper. When Jean, her babysitter and landlady, is unexpectedly hospitalized, she brings her three-year-old daughter to the Puma Club for Men, clearly courting trouble. And sure enough, while April performs in private for Bassam, a high-strung stranger with a surplus of cash and misery, all hell breaks loose. Narrating commandingly in five voices, Dubus ramps up the suspense while circling back to reveal April's cruel indoctrination into the stripper's life, the tragedy that made Bassam a jihadist, Jean's sorrows, Lonnie the bouncer's secret, and the dangerous despair of a man he forcibly ejects from the club. Improvising on the pre-attack actions of the 9/11 terrorists, Dubus' hyperdetailed, visceral, and prurient yet undeniably compassionate thriller boldly explores the bewildering complexities of sexuality, and the dire repercussions of isolation and desperation.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dubus's ambitious if uneven follow-up to House of Sand and Fog begins shortly before 9/11 with stripper April taking her three-year-old daughter, Franny, to work after the babysitter flakes at the last minute. Though she leaves Franny with the club's house mother and intends to keep tabs on her, April's distracted on the floor by Bassam, a Muslim who's in Florida to take flying lessons and (like one of the real 9/11 hijackers) spends early September 2001 throwing around money and living lasciviously. Meanwhile, AJ, a down-on-his-luck local, lingers in the parking lot after getting thrown out for touching a dancer. The slow-starting plot splinters once Franny wanders outside and disappears. Soon, AJ's wanted for kidnapping, April's run through the social service wringers as an unfit parent, and the murky particulars of Bassam's mission come into sharp focus as he struggles with his religious convictions. Dubus gives the breath of life to most of his characters (Bassam--not so much), though the narrative has a mechanical feeling, partially owing to the narrow emotional register Dubus works in: doom and desperation are in plentiful supply from page one, and as the novel fades to black, the reader's left with a roster of sadder-but-wiser Americans to contemplate. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects Stripteasers -- Florida -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Florida -- Fiction.
Older women -- Florida -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Florida -- Fiction.
Sex-oriented businesses -- Florida -- Fiction.
Saudi Arabians -- United States -- Fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Publisher Grand Haven, Mich. :Brilliance Audio,2008
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Miller, Dan John.
Brilliance Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Dan John Miller.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 12 audio discs (15 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781423366577
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