The Garden of Last Days

The Garden of Last Days

A Novel

Book - 2008
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"In his stunning follow-up to the #1 best-selling House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus draws us into the lives of three deeply flawed, driven people whose paths intersect on a September night in Florida. April, a stripper, has brought her daughter to work at the Puma Club for Men. There she encounters Bassam, a foreign client both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club, and he s drunk and angry and lonely. From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, and page-turning narrative that seizes the reader by the throat with psychological tension, depth, and realism."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393041651
Call Number: DUBUS
Characteristics: 537 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Florida -- Fiction.
Saudi Arabians -- United States -- Fiction.
Sex-oriented businesses -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Older women -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Stripteasers -- Fiction.


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ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"Taking place in the days leading up to 9/11, this wrenching novel has all the tension of a thriller, but the empathy displayed for its characters is more often found in literary fiction. It's narrated by several individuals, and therefore introduces you to their hopes, dreams, and disappointments, but the story focuses on the intersection of three people at a men's club on a single night in Florida. These are April, a stripper who has had to bring her young daughter to work with her; Bassam, a wealthy if remote foreign client; and AJ, a despairing alcoholic who has been thrown out of the club for getting too handsy with one of the dancers. Their collision is slower than the one featured in author Andre Dubus' bestselling The House of Sand and Fog, but no less memorable." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter

Jul 25, 2008

Certainly not as good as House of Sand and Fog. Too long and repetitive. Many of the characters seemed like caricatures of themselves.


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Jul 25, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.


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