In the book The House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III, two different cultures were represented; Kathy represented the culture of the western civilization, whereas Behrani represented the culture of Persians.
In Andre Dubus’ “Killings”, Matt Fowler is conflicted by two opposing forces: his own desire and his wife’s demand for the death of their son’s murderer.
With “an eye for searing detail that is unequaled so far this century” (Dallas Morning News) celebrated author Andre Dubus III explores the bottomless needs and stubborn weaknesses of people seeking gratification in food and sex, work and love. On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife’s infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in the stunning title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she’s met surfing the Web. Slivered by happiness and discontent, shadowed by aging and death but also by persistent hope and forgiveness, these beautifully wrought narratives express extraordinary tenderness toward human beings, our vulnerable hearts and bodies, our fulfilling and unfulfilling lives alone and with others.
Quite simply, in the essays and even the fiction of Andre Dubus, readers will find some of the most impassioned, powerful words concerning the sacramental life, particularly Eucharist, to be found in contemporary spiritual writing.
Dubus wrote of a world permeated by God made visible in every action motivated by love: In a short story, Out of the Snow, a woman shops for groceries that her love will transform into meals: Being a mother had taught her that sacraments were her work, and their number was infinite. As Dubus himself makes a snack for his two young daughters, he reflects: the sandwiches are sacraments.
So I can dance with Him as the leave dances in the breeze under the sun.
A character in one of Dubus stories says, Faith is believing that God believes in you. Andre Dubus life and writing stand in witness to that truth.
If the work is not published, or is published for little money and less public attention, it remains a spiritual, mental, and physical achievement; and if, in public it is the widows mite, it is also, like the widow, more blessed.
As are we blessed and nourished by the work and vision of Andre Dubus.