In 1975, David R. Godine published Andre Dubus’s debut short story collection, Separate Flights. Over the next decade and a half, Godine would release eight more critically acclaimed volumes by Dubus.
From his earliest publication, Dubus was heralded as “the sort of writer who instructs the heart” (The Atlantic Monthly). Since his untimely death in 1999, the reverence for Dubus’s fiction has only grown: his skill with narrative compression and seemingly boundless capacity for compassion has earned him regular comparisons to Russian master Anton Chekhov.
Today, Godine is proud to reaffirm its commitment to the work of this American master by releasing Andre Dubus’s collected short stories and novellas in three new volumes. Each volume gathers together two complete Dubus short story collections and includes an original introduction by a literary luminary: Ann Beattie (PEN/Malamud Award-winner); Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize-winner); and Tobias Wolff (PEN/Faulkner Award-winner).
As with other revered “writer’s writers” whose work has recently found a wider readership thanks to literary champions and new editions—such as James Salter and Richard Yates, Lucia Berlin and Joy Williams—this re-launch of Dubus’s fiction will attract a new and appreciative audience. In addition, longtime fans will seek out the new introductions and be especially interested in the third volume, which gathers together many previously uncollected Dubus stories, including his earliest work from the 1960s and his final work in the late 1990s.
Throughout his career, Dubus balanced the complex themes and preoccupations of his œuvre—spirituality, sex, violence, guilt, and morality—with a generosity and tenderness capable of overwhelming readers. This three-volume gathering together of Dubus’s short stories and novellas marks a major moment in the history of the American short story.