Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam.
Meanwhile, another man, A. J., has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.
From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity.
Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' number-one best seller - House of Sand and Fog - and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.
©2008 Andre Dubus III; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
I wouldn't recommend this title for several reasons, not the least of which there are no sympathetic characters (I disliked all of them) and the narrator makes all the female characters sound whiny and weak, which is bloody annoying. Also, a large part of the book came off as misogynistic (using the C and W words in steady stream). And the use of the hijacking of the planes in the attack on the twin towers just to add some kind of a climax at the end seemed cheap and out of place. Even though this is a dark, somewhat depressing book, I was happy that the author stayed away from getting truly depraved with one of the story lines, and thus I gave it an extra star just for that.
I had heard this book reviewed on the radio as being one of The Books of the summer. The first third of the book takes place in low end mens club and the life of single mom who is working there. Just when your wondering where this is all going, the different characters are pulled together, making the 2nd half of this book worth listening to. A very good book, of peoples lives, problems and the days leading up to and including 9/11.
I loved House of Sand and Fog, so was really looking forward to this one. However, I plowed my way through 2 hours and found it to be a collosal bore. In addition, the narrator was one of the least interesting I've heard and did nothing to make me want to continue. I was unable to finish this one.
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although i was a little slow in getting through the beginning of this book i found i was glued to the ending.. really not a bad listen..good characters. made me want to save a stripper..
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