Leslie in California / by Andre Dubus. Dubus, Andre, (Author). General Note: “This copy of Leslie in California is number 87 in an edition limited to. mar Leslie in California Introduction The short story “Leslie in California”, is written by Andre Dubus in The short story “Leslie in California” is. ANDRE DUBUS’S fourth collection of short stories derives its title from a In ” Leslie in California” a young wife broods over the fact that her.

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The Art of Reading Andre Dubus: We Don’t Have to Live Great Lives | Poets & Writers

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He has a bald spot the size of a quarter. Dad was calidornia about us going to California; he talked about sourdough bread and fresh fruit and vegetables all year. They will be gone five days, maybe more, and if he comes back with money we can have electricity again. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Friend, admirer, and fellow short story devotee Tobias Wolff wrote in his afterword to Andre Dubus: I turn the eggs and count to four, then put them on a plate with bacon.

Yet he did so at great sacrifice: He gets out of bed, and still I smell beer in the cold air. Through the window above the stove I can see the hills now, dark humps against the sky. I’m sorry to have read this so long after it was published. You are commenting using your WordPress.


Dubus trusted his characters so much that he gave his stories over to them.

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I know his mouth and throat are dry, and probably he has a headache. I turn around and look up at him, and he steps back. Ansre subject lies at the heart of Voices From the Moon Godine,his longest novella it was actually marketed as a novel and very likely his masterpiece.

Dubus treated his characters with such empathy that he could humanize even californiaa darkest creations. I hear him going to the ice chest, the ice moving in there to his big hands.

I put water on the stove and get bacon and eggs and milk from the ice chest. You are commenting using your Facebook account. How can a bobcat kill a horse? I heard two Russians in a muddled conversation about pessimism, a conversation that solved nothing; all I am bound to do is reproduce that conversation exactly as I heard it.

I clear my throat and grip the robe closer californiz it. Dubus lost his left leg below the knee and his right leg was crushed to the point of uselessness.

The Art of Reading Andre Dubus: We Don’t Have to Live Great Lives

I open the screen and look up the road as far dubuz I can see, before it curves around a hill in the sun. He had harpooned it and they were bringing it alongside, it was thrashing around in the water, and he tripped on some line and fell in with it.


His blond beard is damp, his eyes are bloodshot, and his mouth opens as he looks. The Art of Reading Andre Dubus: A can of beer is floating, tilting, in the ice and water; the rest are bent in the paper bag for garbage.

The young man, only twenty-three, was killed instantly. Blue is spreading across the sky. Time and again, Dubus explored how normal people struggled with the complexities of their desires.

In Voices From the MoonDubus balances the themes and preoccupations that define his oeuvre—religion, guilt, compassion, sex, spirituality, tenderness, acceptance, violence, and morality—and he does it from the shifting viewpoints of a father, son, mother, daughter, husband, wife, and lover.

They just watched me, and Dad called me back. I light the gas lantern and set it near the stove, and remember New England mornings with the lights on and a dalifornia kitchen and catching the school bus.