The novel The Garden of Last Days will grab you by the throat with its psychological tension, depth, and realism.

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Andre Dubus Iii

How to describe this book? It has so many layers and complex characters that you'll remember it for the rest of your life. At least that is the effect it had on me. The three main characters are April, a stripper and the mother of a three-year-old; Bassam, a strange and shady foreigner; and AJ, a lonely and angry drunk who has made the mistake of falling in love with a stripper and thinking she loves him back. The novel takes place in the days and weeks leading up to September 11th and is set in the seamy underside of American life right before our country was changed forever. On the surface these characters are pretty easy to judge and disregard as losers, but that is where the layers of complexity come in.

These characters are so much more than what they appear. All three lives intersect in this raw, relentless, searing, passionate, big-hearted, and painful novel about sex, parenthood, honor, and masculinity.

This novel truly makes you understand what it's like to be in someone else's shoes, and while you might not condone their actions, you will understand them much better. I can't say it any better than the book jacket:''...it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with... psychological tension, depth and realism.''

This is one of my favorite books of all time, so when we found these editions at a great price, I knew we had to scoop them up and offer them. This book isn't for the faint of heart; it is gritty and real, but oh-so-unputdownable!

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