Ask Bob: A Novel

Ask Bob: A Novel

by Peter Gethers
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Ask Bob: A Novel by Peter Gethers

A wise, witty, sometimes heartbreaking love story about a pet doctor who discovers that the best relationships are often the most surprising

Dr. Robert Heller is one of New York City's leading veterinarians, and his "Ask Dr. Bob" advice column is hugely popular among pet-lovers. Yet Dr. Bob understands animals a lot better than people, and he definitely could use some advice of his own—especially when it comes to his family. His father is angry and controlling, his mother is nearly invisible, and his brother seems bent on destroying not just his own life but the lives of everyone around him. As for Bob's wife, Anna, she is all but perfect, assuming one can ignore her own colorful but deeply dysfunctional clan. And then, just when Bob thinks he's figured out what it takes to thrive in the human world as comfortably as he does among cats, dogs, and hamsters, tragedy strikes. How can he go on living when he is suddenly, soul-killingly alone?

In previous books, Peter Gethers has written charming true tales about what a man can learn from a beloved cat. Now he ventures into new territory with a funny, touching novel about a pet doctor who finds out what it means to be human, and what a family must do to truly become a family. Full of unforgettable characters, Ask Bob will remind everyone that sometimes we need a lot more than love to make the world go around—but that love is an awfully good place to start.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805093315
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Peter Gethers is the author of The Cat Who Went to Paris, the first book in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton. When not writing memoirs and novels, he is a screenwriter, playwright, book publisher, and film and television producer. He is also the co-creator and co-producer of the hit off-Broadway play Old Jews Telling Jokes, and one of the co-creators of Rotisserie League Baseball, which begat the fantasy-sports craze. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Ask Bob: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing about pets. It is about a dysfunctional family and I read fifty pages and could not read anymore. I thought it was terrible.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
One event can change family life forever. Veterinarian Robert Heller faces eventful changes at work, through his weekly "Ask Bob" column, and at home. While each chapter may open with a weekly newspaper column, the story really focuses around Bob's imperfect life and struggling family. This fictional story is not similar to the family friendly James Herriot animal practice stories. It is about flawed and dysfunctional people, their actions, and consequences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
‘Ask Bob’ by Peter Gethers should be on the syllabus in all educational institutions. The in-depth portrait of dysfunctional family life is laid bare for all too see, almost like a fly-on-the-wall documentary. And yet this book is inspirational, it is humorous, it reflects life warts and all.  Dr Robert Heller, a vet in the West Village, New York City, writes a weekly column in the New York Daily Examiner, the ‘Ask Bob’ of the title. He lives with his wife and an assortment of pets above his veterinary practice. The people in his life all have seemingly more dysfunctional families than his own, which he thought was pretty ‘normal’ at one time. His elder brother, Ted, is seriously messed up and tries to manipulate, bully, cajole and generally abuse those around him.  Bob is a likeable person, as are most of the other characters in the book. Reading it, I felt I had made a whole set of new friends and I was devastated when I finished reading the book – I wanted it to continue; I wanted to be included in the rest of their lives.  Peter Gethers has written a brilliantly observed vignette of ordinary people going about their ordinary lives and occasionally something extraordinary happens to jolt them out of their mundanity.  I could not put this book down. The combination of Peter’s marvellous insight into family life and living, and a cast of well-rounded characters made this book extremely credible.  Well done, Peter – you did a brilliant job.             
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A den made entireley of moss and twigs with dried clay.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just cancelling out the anonymous review.