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The Dog Year
     

The Dog Year

3.5 6
by Ann Wertz Garvin
 

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Dr. Lucy Peterman was not built for a messy life. A well-respected surgeon whose patients rely on her warmth, compassion, and fierce support, Lucy has always worked hard and trusted in the system. She’s not the sort of person who ends up in a twelve-step program after being caught stealing supplies from her hospital.

But that was Lucy before the accident&

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Dr. Lucy Peterman was not built for a messy life. A well-respected surgeon whose patients rely on her warmth, compassion, and fierce support, Lucy has always worked hard and trusted in the system. She’s not the sort of person who ends up in a twelve-step program after being caught stealing supplies from her hospital.

But that was Lucy before the accident—before her husband and unborn baby were ripped away from her in an instant, before her future felt like a broken promise. Caught red-handed in a senseless act that kept her demons at bay, she’s faced with a choice: get some help or lose her medical license.

Now she’s reluctantly sharing her deepest fears with a bunch of strangers, avoiding her loneliness by befriending a troubled girl, pinning her hopes on her husband’s last gift, and getting involved with a rugged cop from her past. It’s only when she is adopted by a stray mutt and moves her group to the dog park that she begins to truly bond with the ragtag dog-loving addicts—and discovers that a chaotic, unplanned life might be the sweetest of all . . .

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Praise for The Dog Year

“The story of a woman who had everything, lost everything, and now wants to shoplift the rest.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean“Few authors are funnier or more sympathetic than Ann Garvin, and few heroines [are] more in need of comic relief and sympathy than Dr. Lucy Peterman. The Dog Year is a kind, gentle, honest look at a woman whose life has come apart and a survivor who puts it all back together.”—Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of author of A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy“Hilarious, insightful, and heartbreaking... A deeply intimate story of tragedy and recovery that readers and book clubs will treasure.”—Matt Bondurant, author of The Night Swimmer and The Wettest County in the World 

Praise for Ann Garvin and On Maggie’s Watch

“Compelling . . . A perfect fit for suburban reading groups.”—Booklist

On Maggie’s Watch shows how we thrive, how we go on, in a life that’s neither perfect nor fair. [Garvin] writes with humor and compassion so well; just when I’d feel about to cry the scene would twist and I’d laugh out loud. She has such a deep understanding for her flawed and trying-to-get better characters; she obviously loves them, and so do we.”—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Little Night

 

Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
Caught stealing supplies from her workplace, a bereaved woman is given the choice to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or lose her job.It's been less than a year since tragedy struck Lucy Peterman: A car accident killed her husband and led to the miscarriage of what would have been her first child. She's been soldiering on in her job as a reconstructive surgeon for women who have lost breasts to cancer. On the outside, she seems to be doing well; yet she can't stop pilfering medical supplies and lifting small items from the grocery store. Lucy doesn't understand it herself, as she explains to the hospital administrator who confronts her: "I don't even know I'm taking it. I mean, I know I'm taking it, but it's like I'm watching someone else and I can't get her to stop." To keep her job, Lucy must attend AA meetings, the best free choice for addressing compulsive behavior in her small town. She also follows instructions to get counseling, although "she found therapists to be overly personal people prone to making generalizations and wearing clogs." Deeply skeptical—in denial, some would say—Lucy nevertheless makes connections in the group, especially after she adopts a stray dog. Slowly, Lucy comes to terms with her past and her new future. Garvin (On Maggie's Watch, 2010) is insightful about grief and the pervasiveness of denial. Those familiar with 12-step programs will recognize the brand of tough love depicted here. With humor and compassion, Garvin shows how recovery depends on honesty—often with other people who share an addiction, whether to booze, drugs or shoplifting—and on helping others, whether stray dogs or stray people. Lucy's current problems are well-accounted for; one character, a troubled teenager, is an excellent foil for Lucy to re-examine the privileges she has enjoyed and overlooked. Even minor characters are brought to life, such as the malaprop-prone supermarket clerk who has a crush on Lucy (and is given a respectful outcome).Hopeful but not saccharine, this novel offers a deeply sympathetic view of recovery from grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101634639
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
241,631
File size:
947 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for The Dog Year

“The story of a woman who had everything, lost everything, and now wants to shoplift the rest.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean “Few authors are funnier or more sympathetic than Ann Garvin, and few heroines [are] more in need of comic relief and sympathy than Dr. Lucy Peterman. The Dog Year is a kind, gentle, honest look at a woman whose life has come apart and a survivor who puts it all back together.”—Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of author of A Land More Kind than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy “Hilarious, insightful, and heartbreaking... A deeply intimate story of tragedy and recovery that readers and book clubs will treasure.”—Matt Bondurant, author of The Night Swimmer and The Wettest County in the World 

Praise for Ann Garvin and On Maggie’s Watch

“Compelling . . . A perfect fit for suburban reading groups.”—Booklist

On Maggie’s Watch shows how we thrive, how we go on, in a life that’s neither perfect nor fair. [Garvin] writes with humor and compassion so well; just when I’d feel about to cry the scene would twist and I’d laugh out loud. She has such a deep understanding for her flawed and trying-to-get better characters; she obviously loves them, and so do we.”—Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Little Night

 

Meet the Author

Ann Garvin worked as a registered nurse while finishing her doctorate in exercise psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is a professor of health and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Additionally, she teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. She is the author of one previous novel, On Maggie’s Watch. She lives in Wisconsin.

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The Dog Year 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I choose something a little different then what i normally read but i loved it. I Couldn't put it down because i couldn't stop laughing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Garvin's prose sparkles in this engaging second novel. It is tight, crisp, and fast-paced, keeping the story moving as quickly as I could absorb the words! Before the book begins, Dr. Lucy Peterman has two of the most important things in her life ripped from her: her husband and their unborn child. When readers meet her, she is left with her work as a surgeon and shards of broken hopes for the future. Almost without realizing it, she falls into kleptomania, swiping supplies from the hospital where she works and using it to fill the bedroom she shared with her husband. As a reader, I found myself aching for the pain she's feeling and the unwitting mistakes that pull her down like a whirlpool as she tries to put her life back together. But, I also couldn't help feeling some of the same frustration toward her as the other characters do. Her brother, a new friend, her therapist, a man from her past, and others want only to help, but she pushes them away with, as she describes it, "the metaphorical stick she usually held to keep people at a distance." Despite that frustration, the story was so engaging, as full of unexpected twists as real life sometimes is, that I continued to eagerly flip the pages to find out what happened next. I found the end to be satisfying, both surprising me and fulfilling my expectations. It is a novel I highly recommend!
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Ann Garvin's prose sparkles in this engaging second novel. It is tight, crisp, and fast-paced, keeping the story moving as quickly as I could asborb the words! Before the book begins, Dr. Lucy Peterman has two of the most important things in her life ripped away from her: her husband and unborn child. When readers meet her, she's left with her work as a surgeon and shards of broken hopes for the future. Almost without realizing it, she falls into kleptomania, swiping supplies from the hospital where she works and using it to fill the bedroom she shared with her husband. As a reader, I ached for the pain she's feeling and the unwitting mistakes that pull her down like a whirlpool as she tries to put her life back together. But, I also couldn't help feeling some of the same frustration toward her as the other characters do. Her brother, a new friend, her therapist, a man from her past , and others want only to help, but she pushes them away with, as she describes it, " the metaphorical stick she usually held to keep people at a distance." Despite that frustration, the story was so engaging, as full of unexpected twists as real life sometimes is, that I continued to eagerly flip the pages to find out what happens next. I found the end to be satisfying, both surprising me and fulfilling my expectations. It is a novel I highly recomend!