"BLUESMAN is Dubus's first novel. It's not well known like THE HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and THE GARDEN OF LAST DAYS. This is a true coming-of-age story. Leo is about to turn 18 and he loves Allie. It is a summer of love for both of them with all of the angst and good and bad that such love brings. The time is 1967, deep into the Vietnam War (which we all know wasn't really a war). All the pathos and joy of first love is explored in detail. To tell any more would spoil the story.
I loved this book, especially after recently reading TOWNIE, Dubus's autobiography. Do you need to have read it in order to enjoy this book? No, but it fills in a lot.
I think if you liked his other books, you would like this one. It's not like either one, but his writing style doesn't change. Great read