Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III

Gone So Long

An ex- con who did time for murder, the estranged daughter he hasn’t seen in forty years, and the grandmother angry enough to kill him all come together in this riveting family drama. Like Dubus’s already- classic memoir, Townie, and his novel House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller), Gone So Long is a profound exploration of the struggle between the selves we wish to be, and the ones—shaped by chance and circumstance, as well...


Details Gone So Long

TitleGone So Long
ISBN9780393357370
Author
Release DateOct 1st, 2019
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Gone So Long

  • Diane S ☔
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    The first time Danny Ahearn read to his daughter Susie was forty years ago when she was three and it’s the last time that he saw her. Now all these years later after serving time in prison and after years have passed, he wants to see her at least once before he dies. To do what? Say he’s sorry, he was a different person then, to ask for her forgiveness, to tell her he loves her ? Now Daniel, not Danny anymore, painstakingly composers a letter...
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    1970-01-01
    Marvelous....nothing dainty about it....this is a meaty novel! Beautiful subtle greatness. I loved it immensely!!! Andre Dubus III deftly interlaces the past and present. He sees things that waver just below the surface.....achieving a luminous portrait of every day life: the choices made, the regrets suffered...the grief, anger, loneliness, and longing desires that remain within. The cracks in the foundation linger: cracks we either choose to co...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!“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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    This was a long novel, and a dark, emotional, and tense one. There is Daniel, a dying man who once murdered his young wife out of jealousy, is currently out of jail after a fifteen year sentence...his adult daughter Susan, who he hasn’t seen in forty years and he needs to see her before he runs out of time..and his ex mother-in-law Lois, who had raised the daughter for all of her coming up years.An in depth character study of all three of these...
  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    1970-01-01
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***I went into this book with the knowledge that this would not be a light read. Having read ‘House of Sand and Fog” years ago I know how detailed Mr. Dubuis novels can be. I can also understand why this book took so long to write, it is as if the author was living inside each of these characters heads. There is a lot of detail including a novel being written by one of the characters, almost a book within a book.This story is ...
  • Zoeytron
    1970-01-01
    Memories are brought to the fore as a letter from an estranged father reaches his daughter.  Forty years have passed since there was any connection between them, and this tenuous attempt to resurrect a relationship brings back recollections to those who will be affected.  The feel of a beating heart, even as another's heart has been stilled.  A heart filled with rage and bitterness, and another heart filled with nothing but love.  Events etch...
  • JanB
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsThis story is narrated by three people: daughter, father, and grandmother. Daniel is the father who killed his wife in a jealous rage 40 years ago, Susan is the daughter who was 3 when her mother died, and the maternal grandmother is Lisa (Noni), who raised Susan after her daughter’s death. Daniel paid for his crime but has been out of prison for 25 years. He is now dying and wants to see his daughter. He painstakingly writes her a let...
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    I know few novelists who write sentences as consistently and remarkably beautiful as Andre Dubus III. "Gone So Long" is a gem: rich with people so real and so flawed you want to embrace them all, and awash in the heartbreak that threatens sometimes to swamp us. I savored this masterful book.
  • Chrissie
    1970-01-01
    The third paragraph of the GR book description gives prospective readers a good idea of what the book is about. The paragraph follows here: "Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as sh...
  • Andrew Smith
    1970-01-01
    I really admire this writer. I’d go as far as to say that a couple of his books are amongst my all time favourites: Dirty Love and Townie. But I just couldn’t get on with this one. Yes, it’s lyrical and gritty and the characters are interesting – what more could you want, I hear you ask. Well something that doesn’t read like a long monologue for starters. Take a breath, Andre! Give me some dialogue, I love dialogue. And what about a cha...
  • Jayme
    1970-01-01
    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....
  • Lorna
    1970-01-01
    Gone So Long is the first novel by Andre Dubus, III in the last ten years, and it was well worth the wait. This was a heartbreaking and haunting tale, as well as a beautifully written and visceral portrayal of our humanity, and the ultimate power of forgiveness and redemption. This literally was a book that I could not put down, as I was so immersed in the lives of these characters and how they came to terms with their estrangement and pain, even...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    1970-01-01
    I had the privilege of hearing this author speak at the Tucson Festival of Books last March, which made me even more eager to read the book – because Dubus is a very down-to-earth, funny, inspiring and wise man (he carries a flip-phone by choice to avoid distraction).His comments about interviewing an incarcerated man as research for this book – and the dichotomy of “likeable guy in interviews” vs. “man who committed a horrific crime”...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I grew up in MA & spent so many years at Salisbury Beach. Reading Andrew Dubus’ heartbreaking novel allowed me to revisit that place. While reading this book, I could smell the fried clams and hear kids shrieking from the rides. The authenticity of the authors words brought me back with a fond nostalgia while the story gut punched me. This was a hard book to read, the people were so real I could have met any of them in my youth. Daniel Ahearn, ...
  • BookGypsy
    1970-01-01
    Daniel Ahearn is dying and wants to connect with his daughter he hasn't seen in forty-years. He murdered his wife in a jealous rage. This was seriously thought provoking. Highly emotional. A roller coaster of a read. It has been a long time since Dubus has given us another thought provoking read. I loved it. I highly recommend it. A great book selection.Dawnny-BookGypsyNovels N Latte Book BlogNovels & Latte Book ClubHudson Valley, NY
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    Devastatingly beautiful, “Gone So Long” is a story that wrenches the reader’s heart. In short, it’s a story of a middle-aged woman (Susan) trying to get a grip on her life which has been traumatically influenced by the murder of her mother. The loss of her mother is compounded by the fact that it was her father who killed her mother. At the age of three, her grandmother, who was also damaged by the tragedy, raised her. Susan is attempting...
  • Victoria Sandbrook
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    I have loved every book of Andre Dubus III since Oprah selected The House of Sand and Fog for her Bookclub. I wait patiently for a new book and see him at author events in New Hampshire and Massachusetts when I can. Townie is one of my all time favorite books!!!! So when a year or so ago I saw him at the Newburyport, MA Book Festival he read a few chapters of an upcoming book. I sat on the edge of my seat listening intently and wishing I could pu...
  • Meghan
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Eva
    1970-01-01
    Just couldn’t get into it. Gave it 150 pages but the story didn’t progress enough for me and required too much concentration for all the changes in time, speaker and such.
  • Eric Hollen
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    1970-01-01
    By the time you close this lengthy novel, you know every well the three main characters -- Susan, her father Daniel, and her grandmother Lois. Know them as well as you know yourself. Dubus once again sets his stage after total disruption, and creates characters whose flaws are all too human, and attempts at retribution are at once familiar but at the same time, original. Forty years ago Daniel mistook his love for his wife and hers for him, caugh...
  • Alecia
    1970-01-01
    I absolutely loved The House Of Sand And Fog. And I liked Townie, his memoir. So I went into reading this book predisposed to really enjoy it. But I found it overlong and full of unrelenting angst. The House of Sand and Fog was also full of angst, but somehow (in my memory at least), it moved faster towards the tragic denouement. Dubus is a good writer, but in this case, the repetition of misery was too much. The length allows the characters to d...
  • Friscomama
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Jeanne Andersen
    1970-01-01
    It was interesting in the beginning, but it was too long and too repetitive so that by the end, I didn't care what happened.
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Via my book blog https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/Andre Dubus III created Susan Dunn and placed her in the center of his new novel, Gone So Long. Susan is forty-three, a writer, a college lecturer, and a student. She lives in the southwestern part of Florida with her husband, Bobby, a musicologist. She is, on the surface, like any young, attractive woman we might come into contact with in our daily travels. However, Susan is carrying pain and...
  • Patty Shlonsky
    1970-01-01
    “Gone So Long” tells the story of a family, mainly Susan and her grandmother Lois, dealing with the lifelong impact of the murder of Susan’s mother/Lois’s daughter—Linda Dubie Ahearn. Linda was murdered by her own husband, Daniel Ahearn, in front of their then three year old daughter, Susan. Daniel served 15 years in prison for his crime.The novel begins with Susan flashing back to a small diner in Massachusetts, across the street from ...