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Around the Next Corner

Around the Next Corner

4.5 14
by Elizabeth Wrenn

For Deena Munger, the transformation to underappreciated housewife was subtle and gradual. Not that she didn't love her family dearly, but Deena was starting to wonder: When did I disappear? And how come I never even noticed? Then one day she stuns her family by volunteering to raise a puppy for K-9 Eyes for the Blind. Suddenly, Deena's once-stable life


For Deena Munger, the transformation to underappreciated housewife was subtle and gradual. Not that she didn't love her family dearly, but Deena was starting to wonder: When did I disappear? And how come I never even noticed? Then one day she stuns her family by volunteering to raise a puppy for K-9 Eyes for the Blind. Suddenly, Deena's once-stable life is turned upside down. And, it turns out, this rambunctious, impulsive ball of fur could actually be the damage control she needs to save her family, her marriage, and her self.

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Library Journal
Now that her kids are getting older and finding their own lives, Deena is left to wonder where hers went and how to get it back. An impulsive decision to foster a dog set to be a seeing-eye companion reverberates throughout her family. Debut novelist Wrenn's juxtaposition of Deena's quest for freedom with giving herself over completely to raising this puppy sets up a dynamic narrative that settles into a quite satisfying conclusion. Wrenn knows exactly when to lighten the tone and when to allow Deena serious introspection. This book will appeal to a broad readership of mom lit and women's fiction. Recommended for all public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Group (USA)
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wrenn has been a freelance writer for over 25 years. As research for this book, she and her family raised a puppy, Lucca, for Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is her first novel.

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Around the Next Corner 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bookwormmom4 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Wrenn, I swear, is living in my house. The decription of the teen children, DH and most importantly, her tortured, menapausal soul. Feeling like she no longer exists, the crying jags, the lost feeling...this story truly hit home. Like life, Wrenn's writing style had humor, sadness and sensitivity. I enjoyed the journey from deep despair to hope. I would recommend this story to any women over 40, married with children. Please Mrs. Wrenn, write another story!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book that was a treat to read. It has a little of everything in it. You laugh,cry,giggle and sigh! Really a pleasant read! Be sure to have a tissue around for the last few chapters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to any woman with a dog or a mini life crisis. There is real emotion and humor in this book. And anyone who owns a lab will be able to relate to the main character 100%.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reads like an 80's LIfetime Movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Around the Next Corner is a book that centers around a wonderfully developed main character who often made me laugh out loud! On the flip side, I often had tears flowing as well. Definately a book I connected with emotionally. I am a dog person, which is what drew me to the book, but it is about much more than the trials & tribulations of raising a puppy. I absolutely loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished the most delightful new book, Around The Next Corner by Elizabeth Wrenn. Deena Munger, wife and mother of three, is struggling to find her own identity after years of taking care of her family. It takes Heloise, a K-9 pup in training for Eyes for the Blind, to help show Deena her way. The journey is familiar, and this story is written with great wit and humor. Elizabeth Wrenn is a master of the English language. I found myself stopping after many passages, just to take in the descriptions, analogies, and insight into life. This book is a true delight and an inspiration to women everywhere looking for their own next great thing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely first novel. Elizabeth Wrenn's writing has a Barbara Kingsolver-like feel to it. So, if you like Kingsolver, you'll like Wrenn. The characters are real. The narrative is natural. The ride is one you'll enjoy, even if you do cry a little along the way. For example, I finished the last 50 pages or so before bed one night. All of a sudden, my husband started laughing at me. When I asked why, he said, 'Well, you cry, then you laugh. You cry, then you laugh. All I hear is boo-hoo ... ha ha ha, boo-hoo ... ha ha ha.' So, if you're in the mood to laugh and cry about real life, and if you love dogs, then you'll enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightfully painted warm and heart-wrenching novel. The protagonist is Deena, a mother of three who is going through a rough patch in her marriage - an underappreciated Coloradan housewife with a husband who seems to value his doctor's practice more than his family. With their soon-to-be empty nest Deena embarks upon a whole new career by volunteering to raise a puppy for K-9 Eyes for the Blind. This is the medicine she has been seeking to heal and find her self. Much laughter and fun can be expected from this 'must read' but, then as Heloise's imminent time for departure arrives the tears just kept coming... Buy it now... you won't want to miss this one especially if you have teenagers and a yearning for a 'special' pup..
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was like reading my own biography. All those years of being a shadow to my career-minded husband and 3 ungrateful kids. I worked for years to make a house a home, given up things and life to get them through college, only to find myself very alone and forgotten. How I wish I had read this book 25 yrs ago! A must read for all wives and Moms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Around the Next Corner' is an excellent read. I read the book in just a few days and when I finished, I was so sad! I LOVED the story so much that I did not want it to end. The writing is beautiful and witty and the characters are so real. I found traces of my life in this story and I experienced an array of emotions as I read each page. I grew to love the characters and I will forever remember each one of them. Elizabeth Wrenn has an amazing gift as a writer. I look forward to seeing another novel by her soon! Read this book! You will LOVE it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She wonders what ever happened to intelligent enthusiastic Deena Munger. One day she had a future now middle age and all she shows is a disrespected unappreciated housewife and mother. In her mind there is no Deena only mother to indifferent children and housewife to an uncaring mate though she admits she loves her family.---------------- Deena decides it is time for a change from her mundane existence. She chooses to help society by raising a puppy for K-9 Eyes for the Blind. However, Deena begins to ponder whether the grass was greener when she was a common housewife as her new dog Helouise is a lunatic on four legs who has nuked the lifestyle of the Mungers. Deena realizes that Helouise will either prove the family savior or the straw that broke the marriage.--------------- Elizabeth Wrenn provides a deep insightful look at a mom and wife who loves her family, but wonders when her unique identity vanished. Deena is a fabulous protagonist wondering is that all there is as she lives life through her family until she brings Helouise into the household. Ironically and realistically, she does not revert back to a previous Deena as her new role is through the canine as the teacher. Still Helouise changes the group dynamics so indirectly the heroine begins to reassert herself as more than just mom, wife, and teacher. AROUND THE NEXT CORNER will hit home to baby boomers who like this literary soul mate will wonder when I morphed from that idealistic dreamer into an aging pragmatist.----------------- Harriet Klausner