Andre Dubus III, author (#409)
Andre Dubus III, acclaimed author of House of Sand and Fog, discusses the genesis of the wildly popular book and also talks about his newest novel, The Garden of Last Days.
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Andre Dubus, who did not attempt writing fiction until he was in his 20s, talks about odd jobs he held early in his writing career, including tending bar, working at a halfway house for convicts and accompanying a bounty hunter on searches for offenders.
The author also discusses the success of House of Sand and Fog, which was a National Book Award finalist, a selection for Oprah’s Book Club and adapted into a movie starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The novel was inspired in part, Dubus says, by a chance meeting with a man in an elevator.
Then, Dubus talks about his new novel, The Garden of Last Days, which focuses on a Florida stripper. The idea for the novel, he explains, came from newspaper reports that the 9/11 hijackers visited strip clubs. Dubus also discusses the unorthodox research he conducted for the book.
Finally, the author shares what he enjoys about writing and how he encourages aspiring writers.