“[Gethers has] written thrillers along with best-selling accounts of Norton, his late, lamented cat . . . Now, appropriately for the dog days of August, he's publishing a first romantic novel called Ask Bob, with dogs, cats, and a veterinarian named Dr. Bob. It's quirky, heart-stirring, and commercial as all get-out.” Vanity Fair "VF Daily"
“[Gethers] tells this romantic comedy … but he transcends every cliché because he makes Bob a very complicated person with very complicated relationships … You have on the one hand the really brilliant comedy of life in New York now, and also the very serious story of all these thingsloss, love, happinessand how they all mingle and mix… A really, really enjoyable book.” Bill Goldstein, Bill's Books, NBC New York
“A smart, lively novel infused with romance and heartfelt, real-life complications of family and domesticity.” Shelf Awareness
“A modern tale of betrayal and reconciliation, failure, forgiveness and family . . . Gethers sketches perfectly the character and motivations of Bob's father and the evolution of Bob's brother from hero to hustler. . . [A] redeeming story of life and love, loss and redemption.” Kirkus Reviews
“Ask Bob is a celebration of the complexity of human relationships.” Publishers Weekly
“A story about familyhuman, feline, canine and otherwise . . . In Ask Bob, author Peter Gethers has created a story with immense heart.” BookPage
“With poignant insight into the precarious nature of human emotions, Gethers . . . dramatizes what it means to be vulnerable and how the pursuit of love and desire for renewal can soothe even the most tortured soul.” Booklist
“A touching, funny story about the mystery of love – human and animal – that rings too true.” Carl Hiaasen
“Peter Gethers has written a beautiful, wise and poignant novel about love and loss that will break your heart one minute and have you laughing out loud in the next. Ask Bob is for everyone. There will be a sea of bedside lamps burning long into the night as you root for the broken-hearted to rise again, and you will not be disappointed. I loved it.” Adriana Trigiani, author of The Shoemaker's Wife
“Ask Bob is a funny, smart, charming, and relatable rompwith dogs! I enjoyed every page.” Julie Klam, author of You Had Me At Woof
In his latest novel, Gethers (Norton, the Loveable Cat that Travelled the World, 2011, etc.) spins a modern tale of betrayal and reconciliation, failure, forgiveness and family. Dr. Bob Heller has done well for himself, especially considering he's from a family suffering from "repressed neuroses, disappointment and...unfilled expectations." His grandfather was a prosperous manufacturer. His father rebelled, studied acting, found work in a soap opera but turned complacent. His older brother, Ted, much admired as Bob grew up, has somehow evolved into a narcissistic sociopath. College student Bob met beautiful and generous Anna while vacationing in Europe. They married. Shortly after graduating veterinary school, Bob was offered a job in Greenwich Village, with a free upstairs apartment, by a worthy mentor, Dr. Marjorie Paws. Dr. Bob even became a television personality and a newspaper columnist. Life is perfect, until Anna dies of stomach cancer. Phil, Bob's lifelong friend, believes someday we'll learn "life, at its core, was one grand, miserable, painful, ecstatic joke." Now Bob thinks that may be true. Gethers sketches perfectly the character and motivations of Bob's father and the evolution of Bob's brother from hero to hustler. However, Bob's mother remains unformed, at least until the narrative's latter portion, where her character blossoms to reflect Bob's deepening maturity. As he approaches 40, widowed Bob meets Camilla, an English-born physician serving with Doctors without Borders. The romance that ensues is passionate and volatile, with Camilla, full of anger and emotionally isolated, becoming one of the novel's strongest figures. Another is Hilts, Bob's nephew, crippled by Ted's manipulations and left "too disconnected and too self-protective and too...sad." Dr. Bob is likable enough as a protagonist, but his actions at a critical point in the story seem counterintuitive. The novel is rendered from Bob's point of view, with extracts from his "Ask Dr. Bob" column; his remarks there about animal behavior are intended to mirror elements of the narrative. A melancholy yet redeeming story of life and love, loss and redemption.