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Gloomy,
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House of Sand and Fog (Oprah's Book Club)
by Andre Dubus

Published: 2004-02-26
Paperback : 368 pages
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In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he ...
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(NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to resotre his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

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  "Slow and steady is the only way"by trish8794 (see profile) 05/23/10

The only reason I even made it through this one is because I wanted to be able to discuss it at book club. In my normal reading I would have put it down after about page 10. It's slow, dark, gloomy,... (read more)

 
  "House of Sand and Fog"by Nancy062472 (see profile) 10/26/09

I did not like this book but it did provoke a lot of discussion at our book club meeting. I do think it is a good book for discussion but in my group people either loved it or hated it.

 
  "The House of Sand and Fog"by puppymom (see profile) 08/16/09

IT WAS WELL OVER 400 PAGES THAT COULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN 150. Too much character description for such a poor ending.

 
  "ugh! enough with the fog..."by Christina13 (see profile) 05/11/09

Did not care for this book. The characters annoyed me. The story dragged on...no closure. Blah. Glad I didn't spend money on it.

 
  "a "downer " of a book"by pambs (see profile) 08/10/08

A well written book, with no likeable characters. Lesson to learn from this book ... open your mail!

 
  "A thought-provoking and discussion-inspiring read that underscores cultural differences."by rkarpinecz (see profile) 05/05/08

An unwillingness to understand differences and an unwilligness to compromise result in tragedy for all. On reflection, the major characters are more alike than they realize. Each suffers f... (read more)

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