House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus IIIRate this book. Buy This Book. Three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. A devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry. In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis.
House of Sand and Fog
What you thought and felt when you were alone or silently in the presence of someone else also made a story. These stories do just that. A really engaging plot, for one thing—conflict in which the stakes are high enough, matter enough, that we truly do care. And characters who feel so real that we have to wonder where indeed is that line between flesh and word? What is keeping these people from stepping out of the pages of this book? And something else that the best of fiction has—perhaps has always had: a larger scope, often a social, historical or political context that extends the work's range beyond the contemporary emphasis on relationship and yet immerses us deeply in relationship , never causing us to feel we've been manipulated, subjected to an authorial agenda of some kind.
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The novel begins by introducing Massoud Behrani, a former colonel exiled from Iran after the Iranian Revolution. Because his background is military rather than professional, he has not been able to establish a career in the US and works as a trash collector and convenience store clerk. With savings, he pays the rent on an expensive apartment for his family and for an elegant wedding for his daughter, and his fellow, more successful Iranian exiles do not know that he holds low-skilled jobs. Meanwhile, Kathy Nicolo, a former drug addict who is still recovering from her husband abruptly leaving her, has been evicted from her home, long owned by her family, because of unpaid taxes the county wrongfully claimed she owed. When the house is placed for auction, Behrani seizes the opportunity and purchases it, depleting his son's entire college fund.
Under the gray sky we passed one-story houses with small grass lawns. But no matter, if the town is a stand-in, the emotions in this book are not.
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Robert Downey Jr. Sign in. An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her house's new owners. An emotionally broken woman, Kathy, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Seeking respite from his marriage, Lester, a sympathetic sheriff's deputy comes to the aid of Kathy and becomes intimately involved in her situation. Soon, Behrani, a proud emigrant Iranian and his family move into the house only to find their new lives burdened by harassment from Lester and Kathy as they attempt to reclaim her former home. The once prosperous colonel denies Kathy's pleas for he knows his recent purchase promises a profitable return and a better future for his adolescent son and his wife.
In the summer of , Kathy Nicolo is mistakenly evicted from her house Bisgrove Street in Corona, California-because she did not pay the back-taxes owed by the owner of the house at 34 Biscove Street. Several weeks prior, his daughter Soraya had married into a wealthy Iranian immigrant family. Although Behrani and his family are U. When Kathy was evicted from her Corona house, she was served papers, one containing a telephone number for a Legal Aid office under California law, those who could not afford lawyers were given access to the courts through such offices. After Kathy's state-paid lawyer gives notice to the San Mateo County Tax Office, the county recognizes and admits its error and asks Behrani to sell the house back for the full auction price, thereafter to be returned to Kathy.