Gone So Long (Paperback)

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Three-year-old Susan witnesses her father murder her mother in a fit of jealousy. Decades later her father wishes to reconnect with his estranged daughter, now a woman in her forties. They confront each other at her maternal grandmother’s home to find some answers.  A  suspenseful climactic ending to a beautiful, empathic novel.

— From Diana's Picks

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List


“Precision of language, artistry of plot. The author plays no favorites with the three main characters (Daniel, who killed his former wife, Linda, in a fit of rage; Susan, who witnessed the homicide decades earlier; and Lois, Linda’s mother, who raised Susan). Each character and storyline is fully developed, giving the reader a great sense of how and why they are who they are. I felt empathy for each of them (yes, even a man who killed his wife!) and read the book on the edge of my seat!”
— Dawn Rennert, The Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA

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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.

Gone So Long is a riveting family drama about an ex-con who did time for murder, the estranged daughter he hasn't seen in forty years, and the grandmother angry enough to kill him. A profound exploration of the struggle between the selves we wish to be, and the ones--shaped by chance and circumstance, as well as character--that we can't escape, it confirms Andre Dubus's reputation as a novelist whose "compassion is unsentimental and unblinking, total and unwavering" (Paul Harding).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393357370
ISBN-10: 0393357376
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019
Pages: 464
Language: English

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