Requiem, Mass. (Paperback)

A Novel

By John Dufresne

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393334869, 330pp.

Publication Date: July 6, 2009

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“Dufresne’s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.” —People

John Dufresne takes us to Requiem, Massachusetts, where Johnny’s mom is driving in the breakdown lane once again. Dad is down South somewhere living his secret life. And little sister Audrey, when she’s not walking her cat Deluxe in a baby stroller, spends her time locked in a closet. Johnny, meanwhile, is hell-bent on saving the family from itself.

About the Author

John Dufresne is the author of eleven previous books, including three fiction writing guides. A professor in the MFA program at Florida International University, he lives in Dania Beach.

Praise For Requiem, Mass.: A Novel

Dufresne’s characters are poignant, their frailties both pitiful and hilarious in this novel of the strong push and pull of family entanglements.

Dufresne’s orchestration of wayward strands of storytelling makes him a worthy heir to Laurence Sterne, James Joyce and William Faulkner.

John Dufresne imbues the most appalling stories with humor and such an even-handed warmth they almost glow. He rides the tragicomic edge.

Dufresne knows how to twine a poet’s language with a fictionista’s verve.