The House of Sand and Fog

The House of Sand and Fog

by Andre Dubus III

Kim Sisto Robinson: Finally, a book that blew my tights off! "The House of Sand and Fog" has EVERYTHING a powerhouse novel should have: electrifying narratives, explosive content, and of course, flawed, unforgettable characters. Andre Dubus III writes a deliciously emotional story about an immigrant, Massoud Amir, who leaves Iran because of political reasons to come to America. Under the Shaw he wore the best French suits and Italian shoes. He WAS somebody. "I was colonel in the Imperial Air Force. Did you know that, Mr. Torez? I was colonel." But in America, Massoud Amir is working three jobs just to keep up appearances. In America, he becomes less of a man - and the French suits and Italian shoes mean absolutely nothing.

"The House of Sand and Fog" is the story of misplaced individuals who are struggling to find themselves, individuals who cannot seem to find their way, individuals who are lost in a world they don't belong. I appreciate how Dubus uses fog as a form of imagery throughout the book to represent disorder and confusion. And when the density of the fog becomes thick enough, none of the characters can prevent what will eventually happen in the end. Every foundation will sink into the soft sand, and sadly, nobody will find their way back into reality. A five star treasure *****


Rating: *****

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