Carolyn Parkhurst is a writer with a true talent for using the strangest of premises to tell tales that are genuinely insightful and moving. Her debut novel The Dogs of Babel, the story of a grieving widower who attempts to teach his dog to speak, won her wide acclaim. Now with a smart and funny follow-up that takes on reality television, Parkhurst is proving that she is anything but a one-hit-wonder.
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Date of Birth:
January 18, 1971
Place of Birth:
Manchester, New Hampshire
B.A. in English, Wesleyan University, 1992; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, American University, 1998
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|Parkhurst's Latest |
|Lost and Found|
In Parkhurst's highly anticipated second novel, a group of unlikely couples scour the globe searching for love, treasure, fame, family -- and themselves -- in a high-stakes, drama-laden televised scavenger hunt.
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|Parkhurst tells Book magazine that she did her own research into the canine intellect by testing her ten-year-old male Shetland sheepdog, Chelsea. "I'd put a towel over his head," Parkhurst recalls. "If a dog is really smart, they'll figure out how to get it off in ten seconds." Chelsea just sat there until Parkhurst turned to answer the phone, then shook off the towel. "He had been obediently waiting for me to look away," she says. "It was fun procrastination," she admits. "'Do I want to write today? Or do I want to put a towel over my dog's head and see how he does?'"|
|A Dazzling Debut||Parkhurst's Reading Recommendations|
|The Dogs of Babel|
In her breakthrough first novel, Parkhurst tells the story of Paul Iverson, who -- in his desperate search for answers about his wife's mysterious accidental death -- becomes determined to teach their beloved dog, Lorelei, to communicate. John Searles, senior books editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, calls it "[The] most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times... daring, tender... I could not put it down."
|Shopgirl: A Novella|
We asked Parkhurst to tell us about some of her favorite reads. Steve Martin's acclaimed novel Shopgirl made her list; read on to learn more about her reading recommendations, including:
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