Andre Dubus III (born September 11, 1959) is an American novelist and short story writer. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Born in Oceanside, California to Patricia (née Lowe)and Louisiana-born writer Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns in the Merrimack River valley along the Massachusetts—New Hampshire border with his three siblings: Suzanne, Jeb and Nicole. He began writing fiction at the age of 22, just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in sociology. To support himself, he worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, personal investigator, corrections counselor, and halfway house counselor.
His first published short story, Forky, was published by Playboy when Dubus was 23 years old. Dubus' novel House of Sand and Fog (1999) was a finalist for the National Book Awardand was adapted for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.
His 2011 memoir Townie tells of growing up poor in Haverhill after his parents' divorce, street fighting, and eventually boxing, and deals extensively with his relationship with his father.
His essay "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl" appeared in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, published by W. W. Norton & Company in November 2013.
A member of PEN American Center, Dubus has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is a full-time faculty member.
Dubus' work has been included in The Best American Essays 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dubus's novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was an Oprah Book Club selection and headed the New York Times bestseller list. It has been published in twenty languages and the 2003 film adaptation directed by Vadim Perelman was nominated for an Academy Award.