The Garden of Last Days

The Garden of Last Days

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Reluctantly bringing her daughter to her men's club office when her babysitter falls ill, stripper April endeavors to keep her child safe while servicing a wealthy foreign client, while a drunken regular angrily retaliates for being thrown out of the club. By the author of House of Sand and Fog.

Norton Pub
From the author of the New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection House of Sand and Fog--a new big-hearted, painful, page-turning novel.
One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter is in the hospital, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office, while she works.Except that April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the reader by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus's #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog--and an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

Blackwell North Amer
One early September night in Florida, a stripper brings her daughter to work. April's usual babysitter, Jean, has had a panic attack that has landed her in the hospital. April doesn't really know anyone else, so she decides it's best to have her three-year-old daughter close by, watching children's videos in the office while she works.
April works at the Puma Club for Men. And tonight she has an unusual client, a foreigner both remote and too personal, and free with his money. Lots of it, all cash. His name is Bassam. Meanwhile, another man, AJ, has been thrown out of the club for holding hands with his favorite stripper, and he's drunk and angry and lonely.
From these explosive elements comes a relentless, raw, searing, passionate, page-turning narrative, a big-hearted and painful novel about sex and parenthood and honor and masculinity. Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love.

Baker
& Taylor

Reluctantly bringing her daughter to her men's club office when her babysitter falls ill, stripper April endeavors to keep her child safe while servicing a wealthy foreign client, while a drunken regular angrily retaliates for being thrown out of the club.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393041651
0393041654
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUBUS
Characteristics: 535 p

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ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"Taking place in the days leading up to 9/11, this wrenching novel has all the tension of a thriller, but the empathy displayed for its characters is more often found in literary fiction. It's narrated by several individuals, and therefore introduces you to their hopes, dreams, and disappointments, but the story focuses on the intersection of three people at a men's club on a single night in Florida. These are April, a stripper who has had to bring her young daughter to work with her; Bassam, a wealthy if remote foreign client; and AJ, a despairing alcoholic who has been thrown out of the club for getting too handsy with one of the dancers. Their collision is slower than the one featured in author Andre Dubus' bestselling The House of Sand and Fog, but no less memorable." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

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Jul 25, 2008

Certainly not as good as House of Sand and Fog. Too long and repetitive. Many of the characters seemed like caricatures of themselves.

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Jul 25, 2008

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Jul 25, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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