House of Sand and Fog, Paperback Book
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Kathy is a young recovering alcoholic recently seperated from her husband.

When her family home is repossessed she is devastated.

Her house is sold at auction to Behrani, a former Iranian Air Force officer for whom it represents an entry into real estate and a passport to the future for his family and his own version of the American Dream.

For Kathy, its loss is the last of a sereis of insults life has dealt her and the stage is set for a gut-wrenching tragedy.


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A real page turner, tightly plotted, and populated with strong characters.The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III, is told through alternating first person accounts by the book's main protagonists; Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian military under the Shah who has been forced to flee by the revolution, and Kathy Nicolo, a self-destructive and confused young woman who is evicted from her house after a bureaucratic mix-up over unpaid taxes.Behrani buys the house at auction, seeing it as a way of climbing the first rung of the property ladder in America and ensuring economic security for his family. The homeless Kathy falls into a destructive relationship with Lester, the cop who evicted her, spirals into emotional chaos. The struggle over the ownership of the house moves from legal niceities to physical tussle and a chain of events is set in motion which lead inevitably to tragedy.If I had a problem with the book it was that(like all too many contemporary American novels in my opinion) it felt like it was written with one eye on Hollywood.

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