Andre Dubus III was born in 1959 to acclaimed writer Andre Dubus. He attended Bradford College where his father taught, and then switched to the University of Texas at Austin where he studied sociology, political science and economics. He dropped out of school for a while and signed on at a construction site, and began boxing. A friend convinced him to start writing and he wrote in his spare time till getting a job teaching writing at Emerson. He has also worked as a private investigator, corrections counselor and bounty hunter as well as various other jobs. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous stage plays and three independent films. He is also a general contractor and carpenter. Andre teaches writing at Tufts University and Emerson College in the Boston area and is the author of one story collection, The Cage Keeper and other Stories, and two novels, Bluesman and most recently, House of Sand and Fog (which was a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award). Dubus has garnered other distinctions, including a Push Cart Prize and a 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction. He has also been published in Best American Essays 1994, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and numerous literary reviews. Andre Dubus III is the son of the acclaimed and recently deceased writer Andre Dubus.