Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III

Gone So Long

Andre Dubus III’s first novel in a decade is a masterpiece of thrilling tension and heartrending empathy.Few writers can enter their characters so completely or evoke their lives as viscerally as Andre Dubus III. In this deeply compelling new novel, a father, estranged for the worst of reasons, is driven to seek out the daughter he has not seen in decades.Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years...

Details Gone So Long

TitleGone So Long
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Gone So Long

  • Diane S ☔
    Redemption and forgiveness. Shoukd one spend the rest of their lives atoning for a horrific act, a moment of madness, a moment that is unlikely it ever occur again? My emotions were all over the place while reading this book. The words, the insights were just so real. Well, real to me, though I admit I never was in this particular situation. Thankfully. A daughter left behind, a mother in law, who raises the daughter. Over protective, not wanting...
  • Cheri
    “I've been trying to get downTo the heart of the matterBut everything changesAnd my friends seem to scatterBut I think it's about forgivenessForgivenessEven if, even if you don't love me anymore” -- The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley, Songwriters: Mike Campbell / Don Henley / John David SoutherThe last time Daniel saw her, in 1973, she was just three years old, his little girl, their Suzie Woo Woo, Danny and Linda’s baby girl. It was also ...
  • Jayme
    Daniel. Susan. Father. Daughter. Two lost souls. Daniel, allowed his jealousy to consume him...killing his wife Linda, in a fit of rage. Susan, his daughter, raised by her maternal grandmother, Lois (Noni) doesn’t know if she has ever felt “love” for anyone.They have been estranged for forty years as he served his time in jail, but now he is dying and hoping to see her one last time before he does. Susan is trying to make sense of her life....
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and reading this book hit home for me on many reasons but the most important one of all is the love and bond of a father and daughter no matter if he is convicted of murder or not. The relationship between Susan and Daniel is something in one way or another that we cal all relate to. I can not wait for our readers to embark on the journey Susan undertook to rekindle with her father and unlocking s...
  • Victoria Sandbrook
    An emotionally hard read that was worth every moment. Dubus's prose makes the journey easy, if it could be called that. He offers neither judgement nor forgiveness in this story about unthinkable violence and its repercussions in the lives of victims and perpetrator. As someone passionate about staving off apologists for misogyny and violence against women, I read this keenly aware of the possibilities of finding excuses, fairy-tale endings, or e...
  • David
    This book is not for the casual reader. It is long and dense and is hard to follow in places. Dubus employs every literary technique known to man. The perspective changes from first person to third person, there are long passages of stream of consciousness in which there is little or no punctuation, and there are passages where the protagonist switches from current perspective to past and then to quoting from a novel within the novel. Reading thi...
  • Friscomama
    You will not forget this book. Three generations of two families, connected by their children who married each other, and the granddaughter, are traumatized by one event that influences the rest of their lives. Dubus builds a story around the granddaughter, the Grandmother who raised her, and the father she had been told died in a car crash with her mother.That does not say much about the book, which has much depth in the backstories and the adap...
  • Eric Hollen
    This book felt underwhelming. I think Dubus does a great job with ratcheting up tension, of putting characters in a situation where by the end you know everything is going to fall apart. To a casual viewer's eye, a somewhat black and white situation that may be girded with sympathy towards the characters once we understand their lives, their histories and motivations, and, man, does the ending of this book deliver. But I also had to question whet...
  • Belle
    While the beginning of a book is usually what draws me in, Gone So Long had a start that frustrated me quite a bit. The prologue is part of Susan's memoir that she is trying to write, and that really tripped me up. It is really hard to understand her flashbacks, (when they're part of her novel, or when she is just thinking about them) particularly in the beginning. Once I got midway, I began to enjoy more so the anguish that came from writing h...
  • Cynthia Herzog
    I received an ARC of this book from GoodReads This is a very moving book told from three different perspectives seeking love and forgiveness.1. Daniel Ahearn who is his 20's murdered his wife. Daniel was released from prison after 15 years, and made a life for himself doing honest work. He had made an aborted effort to contact his daughter shortly after his release. The story takes place 40 years later as he seeks to meet with the daughter he has...
  • Martin
    Norton, thanks for The ARC
  • Lydia Wallace
    This book was hard to find a place to stop. It is so intriguing. Linda falls in love with Daniel while at a carnival. Daniel works as a DJ at a carnival. They get married and have a daughter and name her Susan. They are a happy family at first until Daniel becomes very controlling and jealous of Linda. He is a real hothead. He ends up killing his wife Linda while little three year old Susan watches. Daniel goes to prison. Susan is then raised by ...
  • Laura
    Given that the House of Sand and Fog is one of my favorite books, I was so excited to receive this ARC from NetGalley. I was not disappointed as Andre Dubus has an amazing ability to write about characters that are so complicated. The story is dark and not a "beach read" however you will quickly become involved in their lives. The writer has an ability to present moral dilemmas and situations where there is no clear good guy or bad guy and I love...
  • Victoria G
    3,5This is the story of toxic masculinity and how it harms everyone, including the violent men them selves. There are a lot of things I like about this novel. I like the overall theme of crime and punishment, the slow unwinding of the story, the entertwining of the memories and thoughts of the three main characters. But the novel was let down by the ending, too simplistoc for this complex story-web. And seriously, all female characters get their ...
  • Michael Rieman
    Andre Dubus has written a novel so penetrating and close to its characters that I felt I had been offered an entry into lives which had been scarred---or blocked, more likely--by the terrible act one of them, Daniel Ahearn, had performed: the murder of his wife, Linda, in the presence of their three year old daughter, Susan. Daniel, paroled from prison, has kept his daughter in his thoughts, though he has not tried to contact her. Susan, who has ...
  • Claire
    I received Gone So Long as part of a Goodreads giveaway.Forty years ago, Daniel Ahern killed his young wife in a fit of rage while their three year old daughter Susan watched. Daniel went to prison while his mother-in-law, Lois, heartbroken at the loss of her own daughter, raised her granddaughter with a loving but close eye. In the present day, Susan is an English professor and writer approaching middle age, Lois resists old age by becoming a se...
  • Susan
    I was not prepared for the long emotional journey this book would be. The story is told through the eyes of daughter, father, and grandmother, all who are dealing with the aftermath of the father killing his wife (who is the mother and daughter of the other two). I loved how well Mr. Dubus etched out his characters, detail by detail and painstakingly pieced the story together. I did get a little turned around with the jumps between narrators but ...
  • Dottie
    Andre Dubus III is always worth reading. In his latest book, Gone So Long, he has his character Susan, a teacher and aspiring writer say “…my love for stories that brought me into the dark bottomless hearts of others.” And I think that is probably a good description of the stories he tell us. Writing from a depth of knowledge of people who live on the edge, this time he tells us the story of Susan, her grandmother Lois, and Susan’s father...
  • Annie
    Some actions are unforgivable. Though our Western culture is steeped in a religion that exhorts us to forgive those who trespass against us, there’s not a whole lot of guidance on how to do that or how we should live if we can’t forgive someone. In Andre Dubus’s shattering new novel, Gone So Long, we follow a daughter and her grandmother who cannot forgive a man for murdering the girl’s mother. The novel builds and builds to the moment wh...
  • Beth
    Dubus is a gifted writer and has a singular talent for the overwrought family drama. When he hits the sweet spot between plot and well-drawn characters, a la House of Sand and Fog, his books destroy. But even a narrow miss allows the cracks to show, which is the case here. The under-editing of famous writers feels endemic in publishing now and this book is another casualty. It’s too long by 20% and suffers from repetitive plot points and an odd...
  • Pat
    I received a free copy of "Gone So Long", by Andre Dubus III, through the "Good Read's First Read Giveaway."Despite the attractive cover, this is not a lighthearted beach book. It's raw and complicated stories are full of insight and originality. I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the beginning. The ending especially touches the reader's emotions and is realistic. It also demonstrates the author's significant talent.It is an entertai...
  • Sasha
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style. This book was a very interesting read. The authors writing style kept you interested from the first chapter to the very las...
  • Mayleen
    His typical dark and depressing stuff. Because I expect this of him, I can delve into his stories and immerse myself. Extremely well-written, great character development, sometimes relatable. I loved it. Read it in one sitting. Thanks to edelweiss for the ARC. I will be talking this one up hard. To be released in September.
  • kglibrarian
    At over 400 pages this novel unfolds slowly, examining each aspect of the characters' lives through long, drawn out passages. Sometimes it works well, and other times the writing drags. Even when it's not fast-paced, it's a compelling story about a man who commits an atrocious murder at a young age, and the daughter he left behind.