Gone So Long

The Week (US) - - 21 - By An­dre Dubus III Collins-Hughes Jenny Shank Laura

(Nor­ton, $28) “An­dre Dubus III ex­cels at get­ting in­side the skin of bad men,” said in The Dal­las Morn­ing News. In Dubus’ fifth novel, Daniel Ahearn is a 63-yearold New Eng­lan­der who once killed his wife in a jeal­ous rage and, hav­ing com­pleted a long prison term, con­tin­ues to do penance. Yet has he earned a re­union with his daugh­ter, Su­san, who was 3 when she wit­nessed the mur­der? We learn about the wounds that don’t heal from the al­ter­nat­ing per­spec­tives of Daniel, Su­san, and Su­san’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother, Lois—“an un­for­get­table char­ac­ter.” Daniel and Lois are drawn “with im­mense sym­pa­thy,” said

in The Bos­ton Globe. Su­san fares worse, be­cause Dubus “seems dis­tract­ingly un­able to imag­ine the in­te­rior life of an at­trac­tive, in­tel­li­gent, emo­tion­ally numbed woman who has lots of sex.” Even so, “the novel oth­er­wise works, its last 100 or so pages whip­ping by in a se­ries of crises and near misses and re­al­iza­tions that the heal­ing we so want for these bro­ken peo­ple might not come for all of them.”

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