The Cage Keeper, and Other Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2013
Duration: 6 hours 10 minutes
Passion and betrayal, violent desperation, ambivalent love that hinges on hatred, and the quest for acceptance by those who stand on the edge of society—these are the hard-hitting themes of a stunningly crafted first collection of stories by the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog.
In the title story, a vigilant young man working in a halfway house finds himself unable to defend against the rage of one of the inmates. In “White Trees, Hammer Moon,” a man soon to leave home for prison finds himself as unprepared for a family camping trip in the mountains of New Hampshire as he has been for most things in his life. And in “Forky,” an ex-con is haunted by the punishment he receives just as he is being released into the world.
With an incisive ability to inhabit the lives of his characters, Dubus travels deep into the heart of the elusive American dream.
“These are terrific stories, rich in drama, tough and unsparing in their exploration of the last mile in the human journey. There is a burden to these stories, a sense of the terrible weight borne by characters who have traveled too long and too far. Too many betrayals, too many lost loves, too many drinks along the way. Here, in this superb collection, we encounter people who are approaching collapse, who must either break or find new stamina and new courage. Though this is a first book, Andre Dubus III displays both the skills and the seriousness of intent of a mature storyteller.”—Tim O’Brien, National Book Award–winning author