Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus

“The Garden of Last Days” Andre Dubus

This book was both riveting and disturbing. His writing style is very clear but he has a particular talent for drawing his characters from a different perspective and making even the baddies motivation understandable and human.

The reader feels torn by feelings of sympathy for the baddies, but it is hard to root for the good guys as there aren’t any, except for the child Franny.

The story is set in Florida and the action takes place on one night when April takes her daughter to work with her as the babysitter is sick. April works in a strip joint.

What I really liked was how Dubus draws the reader into the lives of the characters and tries to find explanations for their actions.

By Mary Farrell

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