Literary Dogs and Their South Carolina Writers
Nov 3, 2012
140 pages, 9x7
Publication Date: Nov-2012
Why do writers love dogs? Not always for the same reasons all the rest of us do. Dorothea Benton Frank's dog Henry teaches her about self-righteous indignation every time she leaves on a book tour. Ron Rash learns to appreciate his misanthropic mutt Pepper after he bites his daughter's suitor. For Tommy Hays the dog is something not even a psychic can separate from the family. For some writers, such as Mary Alice Monroe, a Bernese Mountain dog arrives via Swiss Air. For George Singleton, they just wander into his Pickens County yard.
In Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers twenty-five of the Palmetto State's most beloved authors introduce you to their most memorable dogs. There is Padgett Powell's "Ode to Spode," Josephine Humphreys' paean to a poodle, and Roger Pinckney’s Daufuskie Dog-ageddon. Meet Marshall Chapman's Impy, Mindy Friddle's Otto, Beth Webb Hart's Bo Peep, and more. From bird dogs to bad dogs, wild dogs to café dogs, get to know these canines and their literary companions.
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this when I received this book. I hoped that it wasn't some hokey little "empty" book that was put out as a stocking stuffer seller before the holidays. Luckily my fear were disproved and I can honestly say this is the perfect gift for someone in your life who's a fan of reading and dogs.
I started glancing through the pages and the next thing I knew I was laughing, snickering and tearing up as I read. These are truly heartfelt stories by people that know how to write a good flowing passage. The stories surround their own dogs and how they've helped, touched, changed the authors........or simply have remained loyal companions.
Truly a lovely book.
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