Dubus is devastating in the best way, and this book is the perfect introduction to his work. I’m always shocked more people haven’t read him, as he is one of the best short story writers I’ve encountered. These Selected Stories are about Catholicism, and the Northeast and once the South, and boys and girls and the things they do to each other. Fall/winter is the perfect time to curl up with Papa Dre Dubs (my nickname you are welcome to adopt; I panic about pronouncing “Dubus” and to differentiate him from his talented son, Andre Dubus III).
“Of course, anyone who truly loves book buys more of them than he or she can hope to in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” -David Quammen