Andre Dubus’s literary career is notable in the way it stands outside the shifting fashions of the American literary scene. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the “postmodernism” of Donald Barthelme, John Barth, and Thomas Pynchon was creating a highly self-conscious, self-reflective literature that often used its own craft to explore itself, Dubus remained a committed realist, at his best when he used his craft to explore the lives of his characters. During the period when the so-called minimalist stories of writers such as Raymond Carver, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Lorrie Moore came into literary prominence, Dubus remained what might be called a “maximalist” writer, who seemed most at home in the form of the long story, or novella. In a period of shifting male and female definitions, Dubus wrote often about the waywardness of people who continue to define themselves by concepts of masculinity and femininity that the world around them no longer values. Not least of all, in an age of secular values, Dubus often looks to the sacraments of the Catholic Church to find deep values.