NeMLA Reads Together

Andre Dubus III, "Gone So Long"

Andre Dubus © David Le.

© David Le

"NeMLA Reads Together" promotes a novel written by our invited speaker. 

The cover of the book "Gone So Long," a novel by Andre Dubus III, author of "House of Sand and Fog," features an image of a beach with a Ferris wheel.

NeMLA's 51st Annual Convention in Boston will feature Andre Dubus III, whose novel Gone So Long is the focus of "NeMLA Reads Together." 

Daniel Ahearn lives a quiet, solitary existence in a seaside New England town. Forty years ago, following a shocking act of impulsive violence on his part, his daughter, Susan, was ripped from his arms by police. Now in her forties, Susan still suffers from the trauma of a night she doesn’t remember, as she struggles to feel settled, to love a man and create something that lasts. Lois, her maternal grandmother who raised her, tries to find peace in her antique shop in a quaint Florida town but cannot escape her own anger, bitterness, and fear.

Cathartic, affirming, and steeped in the empathy and precise observations of character for which Dubus is celebrated, Gone So Long explores how the wounds of the past afflict the people we become, and probes the limits of recovery and absolution.

NeMLA members are encouraged to read Gone So Long in preparation for the opening address and to submit a question they would like to ask the author. Bring your questions for Mr. Dubus to the convention!