The House of Sand and Fog
The House of Sand and Fog is a novel by Andre Dubus III. I’ve read this book several times over since it was published in 2000 and I’ve enjoyed it every time.
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About The House of Sand and Fog
In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis.
Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family’s dignity.
Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her.
Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who finds himself falling in love with Kathy, becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.
Drawn by their competing desires to the same small house in the California hills and doomed by their tragic inability to understand one another, the three converge in an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog marks the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.
Thoughts on The House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog follows these three as their lives become intertwined in a series of choices and fate. This is a book where as I read it, I wanted to side with one character or the other. But that is impossible because none of them are good or bad.
Reading House of Sand and Fog felt like being on a roller coaster in the good versus bad character sense. Just when I thought there was a turning point where one would really come out as the good or bad one, it would flip because each had both traits. As so many of us do, making this book relatable. Nobody is just good or evil. We are all a mix of good and bad personality traits as well as decisions.
There are no real heroes or villains. Just three very flawed people struggling with life changes and trying to recover from there to be better. I’ve often said that we are all one decision away from a completely different life, and this book really goes to show that point.
The end is extremely dramatic, putting one final end to all of the bad decisions made. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but it is a great ending. Sad, but it fits the story extremely well.
Final Thoughts on The House of Sand and Fog
Is this book worth the read? Absolutely. I’ve read it several times over the years and always enjoyed it. It is a book that I highly recommend, because it is so real and relatable. The author really captured the essence of real people, flaws, strengths, mistakes, everything.
Have you read House of Sand and Fog or any other writing from author Andre Dubus III? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
About the Author
Andre Dubus III is the author of The Garden of Last Days, House of Sand and Fog (a #1 New York Times bestseller, Oprah’s Book Club pick, and finalist for the National Book Award) and Townie, winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.
His writing has received many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives with his family north of Boston.
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