Requiem, Mass.

By John Dufresne
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393057904, 316pp.)

Publication Date: July 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2008 Indie Notables
“John Dufresne's honey-and-broken-glass novel of a most unusual family shines with his understated and utterly poignant writing. Requiem Mass is sure to make anyone pick up all of his backlist.”
-- Aaron Curtis, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL


Description
John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Mass., heart of the Commonwealth, where Johnny's mom, Frances, is driving in the breakdown lane once again. She thinks Johnny and his little sister Audrey have been replaced by aliens; she's sure of it, and she's pretty certain that she herself is already dead, or she wouldn't need to cover the stink of her rotting flesh with Jean Nate Apres Bain. Dad, truck driver and pathological liar, is down South somewhere living his secret life. And Audrey, when she's not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet telling herself stories. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself. In his "truly original voice" (Miami Herald) and with the "miraculous beauty of his tale-telling" (New York Times Book Review), Dufresne brings his unparalleled eye for the tragic and the absurd to the dysfunctions and joys of family in this powerful new novel. "
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