Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III (born September 11, 1959) is an American novelist and short story writer. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[1]

Andre Dubus III
Dubus at a New York Barnes & Noble in 2013
Born (1959-09-11) September 11, 1959
Oceanside, California, U.S.
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, professor
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1981
Notable worksHouse of Sand and Fog, Townie: A Memoir
SpouseFontaine Dollas Dubus

Early life and education

Born in Oceanside, California, to Patricia (née Lowe) and Louisiana-born writer Andre Dubus, Dubus grew up in mill towns in the Merrimack River valley along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border with his three siblings: Suzanne, Jeb and Nicole.[2][3]

He began writing fiction at age 22, a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in sociology. To support himself, Dubus worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, personal investigator, corrections counselor, and halfway house counselor.[4][5]


His first published short story, "Forky", was published by Playboy when Dubus was 23.[3]

Dubus's novel, House of Sand and Fog (1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award[6] and was adapted for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.[7] The book was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.[8]

His 2011 memoir Townie tells of growing up poor in Haverhill after his parents' divorce, street fighting, and eventually boxing, and deals extensively with his relationship with his father.[9][10][11]

The novel "Gone So Long" was published in 2018. Daniel Ahearn committed a violent act that changed the lives of many, including members of his own family. Forty years later and sick, he aims to set things right. He is especially set on visiting his estranged daughter, whom he has not seen in decades.


A member of PEN American Center, Dubus has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.[12]

He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is a full-time faculty member.[1]

In November 2018 Oprah Winfrey was a guest at UMass Lowell, which is considered the results of an over three-year effort made by Dubus. He met Winfrey in 2000 when appearing on her show, after the release of his novel House of Sand and Fog.[13]


Dubus's work has been included in The Best American Essays 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Dubus's novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was an Oprah Book Club selection and was on the New York Times bestseller list. The 2003 film adaptation directed by Vadim Perelman was nominated for three Oscars, a Golden Globe and 39 other prizes. It won 13 nominations.[14]

Townie was No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list and included in the Editors Choice section.[9][10]

Dirty Love was also included in the Editors Choice section of the New York Times.[15] For the 2013 audio book, read by Dubus, he won the AudioFile Earphone Award.[16]



  • Bluesman (1993)
  • House of Sand and Fog (W. W. Norton, 1999)
  • The Garden of Last Days (W. W. Norton, 2008)
  • Dirty Love (W. W. Norton, 2013)
  • Gone So Long (W. W. Norton, 2018) ISBN 978-0393244106

Short story collections

  • The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (1989). Contains 7 short stories:
    • "The Cage Keeper"
    • "Duckling Girl"
    • "Wolves in the Marsh"
    • "Forky"
    • "Mountains"
    • "White Trees, Hammer Moon"
    • "Last Dance"



  • "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl". Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood (W. W. Norton, 2013)

Personal life

Dubus is married to performer Fontaine Dollas. They reside in Newbury, Massachusetts, with their three children.[17]


  1. "Andre Dubus III | Writers in Residence | Kerouac Center | UMass Lowell". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. Andre Dubus profile,; accessed September 15, 2015.
  3. William Plummer (March 12, 2001). "Blood Knot". People.
  4. "Andre Dubus, III". Gale Biography In Context. July 2012.
  5. "In the footsteps of the 9/11 hijackers: For his latest novel, Andre Dubus III researched and imagined his way into the minds of terrorists–and an American stripper who danced for them". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  6. 1999 National Book Awards,
  7. Nominees & Winners for the 76th Academy Awards, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "Independents/Chain Bestseller List". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  9. "Editors' Choice". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  10. Garner, Dwight. "Andre Dubus III Traces a Violent Youth in 'Townie' - Review". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  11. Steinke, Darcey. "Book Review - Townie - By Andre Dubus III". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  12. "The National Book Foundation". Archived from the original on 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  13. "'This is an absolute dream come true for UMass Lowell'". Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  14. House of Sand and Fog, retrieved 2018-09-18
  15. "Editors' Choice". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  16. "DIRTY LOVE by Andre Dubus III Read by Andre Dubus III | Audiobook Review | AudioFile Magazine". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  17. Profile Archived March 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed September 15, 2015.
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