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The Garden of Last Days
The Garden of Last Days
Author: Andre Dubus III
One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works. — Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393041651
ISBN-10: 0393041654
Publication Date: 6/2/2008
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 39 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed The Garden of Last Days on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
If you've read the magnificent "House of Sand and Fog", this might be a bit of a disappointment. Many of the characters feel "revisited" form the earlier novel, (ie. the young woman living on the edge, the angry young man). There is, again, no pure delineation between good and evil--except for a blameless child. But---who serves up the disenfranchised better than Dubus?? He certainly kept me reading, and the intertwining of lives with 9/11 was ingenious. I would recommend this despite the caveats.
Yoni avatar reviewed The Garden of Last Days on + 312 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I am ambivalent about this book. I liked it, didn't like it, liked it, etc...alternating between the two until the end when it D-R-A-G-G-E-D on bit too long. The premise was interesting, some of it was predictable. I am saddened to think that Andre Dubus III may be a one-trick pony. Loved the House of Sand and Fog. This one I could have gone without reading and still have a happy life.
TarynC avatar reviewed The Garden of Last Days on + 213 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
My book club read this book and it provided us with an extremely lively and thought provoking discussion. The main characters were well developed and the plot of the book was chilling. It's certainly not a happy story but it will give you something to think about.
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Helpful Score: 2
I couldn't put this book down! His writing style is so engaging...seemingly unrelated characters come together in a way that is both riveting and disturbing.
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peepers avatar reviewed The Garden of Last Days on + 56 more book reviews
I found this book very easy to read and it kept my interest. I wanted to find out how each main character tied together at the end. I was disappointed with the ending as I feel it was unfinished in some way. Each character had their ending; yet the connection of each felt insignificant to the other. There also seemed to be a lot of fill in the writing, which I know makes for a novel but this one just seemed to have too much and could have been a short story. If there would have been a better ending I could have given it 4 stars.


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