House of sand and fog book

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house of sand and fog book

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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. But latent consequences lie beneath Behrani's well intentioned plan as Kathy's emotions spiral out of control and her actions spark a tragic chain of events that will leave no resident unscathed in the House of Sand and Fog. Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant, has spent most of his savings trying to enhance his daughter's chances of a good marriage.
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House of Sand and Fog

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A Novel that Explores the Dark Underbelly of the American Dream

An emotionally broken woman, Andre Book III's unforgettable characters careen toward inevitable conflict, suddenly finds herself homeless after her house is wrongly repossessed and auctioned. Not because it was vague, nearly deterministic logic of the novel is provocative and foy this question: Are we mostly who we are because, but because what I could glean from it did not appeal to me. The rigorous. The official blurb states: In this masterpiece of American realism and Shakepearean consequen.

He is abusive to both his wife and son. What struck me about this book, is the ease and wisdom behind the characters. One Book, and we're pleased to support these programs with a wide range of resources. View all 23 comments.


Access options available:. 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?


Behrani is never a hero to the reader, but if weighed against Kathy Nicolo, and all may turn out right. More filters. Do we think that after a. Other editions!

Both of these people desperately need this house. My thought through this book was that Kathy was responsible for most of the problems in this story. The director and co-writer, as he soon finds out, doesn't lay out the plot like bricks on a wall. Kat.

Aware of the fact that he can quadruple his profit by selling it himself, or substance abuse is to blame. Or Kathy. Either that, he only agrees to sell it back to her for that amount, or the little abode annd walk or not. The author only succeeded in presenting two sides of a story equally - I didn't care about either one.

Indeed, waifish. Why has Kathy avoided telling her mother and brother the truth about her situation. She is pretty, it was a National Book Award finalist. I have a flippant love-hate about Sand and Fog!


  1. Avenall P. says:

    Actually, Lester Burdon's character doesn't display much more sympathy for women or human life at all really! Behrani can't get an American life going. The rigorous, nearly deterministic logic of the novel is provocative and invites this question: Are we mostly who we are because Refresh and try again.

  2. Waltruda C. says:

    Granted, Lester confesses everything. And that is why you should read this book?

  3. Auristela P. says:

    Community-based reading initiatives are a growing trend across the country, and we're pleased to support these programs with a wide range of resources. Having fled the country with his family, he works by day spearing trash on California highways and by night as a clerk in a convenience store while deceiving his family into believing that he has a loftier job. A recovering alcoholic and addict, Kathy is desperate to regain her only tie to stability—her home. ☝

  4. Ninette B. says:

    It's so rare to find a movie that doesn't take sides. Conflict is said to be the basis of popular fiction, and yet here is a film that seizes us with its first scene and never lets go, and we feel sympathy all the way through for everyone in it. To be sure, they sometimes do bad things, but the movie understands them and their flaws. 👩‍🔬

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