“Dirty” is one of those great multipurpose words giving you the most bang for your buck. It’s a verb, adjective and adverb all wrapped into one five-letter package. Depending on one’s standard of cleanliness, homes can be dirty. Places, too.
Then, of course, there are people with smudges on their souls and those who leave their psychic pollution behind for their loved ones to dispose of properly. Both are equal opportunity offenders in best-selling author Andre Dubus III’s four interconnected novellas making up his most appropriately named book, “Dirty Love.” As one of his characters says, “People don’t like to pick up where other people left off. People like to buy new.”