The Dog Year

The Dog Year

by Ann Wertz Garvin

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ISBN-13: 9780425269251
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 572,929
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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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

 

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The Dog Year 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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!
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
Did you ever have a book that just clicked with you? Like, if you have read it any other time, you may not have enjoyed it as much as you have? Well, this is how I feel about this book. I started reading this book before, but I just couldn't get into it. This time, I sat down to read it and just didn't want to stop. First, I have to mention, that if you are looking for a book that is written specifically for dog lovers or a story that revolves around cute little pups, than this is NOT the story for you. I won't describe the synopsis, because you can read it for yourself on the back of the book or the descriptions online, but this, to me, lands solidly in the genre of "chick lit". I must admit, I personally hate when authors 'force' odd or flawed characters in a story line that don't really fit in the plot, but are there to serve as an 'interesting' or thought-provoking. This author, however, did a wonderful job of incorporating interesting, yet obviously flawed characters into a plot that revolved around a main character plagued by her own demons. The writing style wasn't perfect (the plot line was predictable at times and the characters, although interesting and, at times, unpredictable, could have been fleshed out/developed a little more). However, the interest and concern for the characters kept me reading. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was simply because it was the right genre and the right time for me to read it.
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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!