If you have read any other works by Dubus, then you know he gravitates towards the depressing. This book of short stories on love is no different. Calling them love stories is pushing it, they are the aftermath of love, when love dies, or goes wrong. The writing is great, but I felt that a lot of characters were flat. The most fleshed out one to me was “Dirty Love”. I would have probably enjoyed this more if he had concentrated on one story and made that the whole novel. If you’re gonna completely depress me, then at least give me the chance to care about the characters. 

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