The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance

The Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance

by Jane Vandenburgh

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Overview

The author calls this “a true romance,” saying, it’s the part of her personal history she, being superstitious, was almost afraid to write. She’d grown up accustomed to bad luck, but had – by accident or miracle – survived her own circumstances: being orphaned, her own misspent youth, the chaos of a broken marriage. She’d more than survived, she’d even triumphed and had awakened into a kind of charmed splendor to find herself living in a white marble city with storybook castles, knowing famous people, being invited to the White House to listen to her husband discuss Yeats with the President of the United States, as Bill Clinton drinks Diet Coke from the can.

And into this fabled chapter of the writer’s life comes the perfect dog, an English Springer Spaniel named Whistler who arrives not only as the family pet, but as her private symbol of triumph over all that age-old sadness. She wants to ignore it but can’t help but see that their perfect pup is something of a neurotic mess, snarling at manhole covers, barking at children, growling at people in wheelchairs.

The writer herself is not seemingly done with the anxieties born of all that early trauma and loss either, and she begins to worry obsessively about losing this difficult dog, the one they so love. Wrrrrnnnggdgggg! she begins to dream. Wrrrrrnnnnng dgggg!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619023178
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jane Vandenburgh is the award-winning author of two novels, Failure to Zigzag and The Physics of Sunset, as well as Architecture of the Novel, A Writer’s Handbook and The Pocket History of Sex in the Twentieth Century, A Memoir. She has taught writing and literature at U. C. Davis, the George Washington University, and, most recently, at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Callfornia. A native of Berkeley, she has returned to live with her family in the West, and with Wayne Thiebaud, her new dog.

Table of Contents

1 True Companions

Friendship 3

Dog Boss 19

Rage 35

Birthday Friends 51

Paradise Library 65

2 New World Dog

Bardo State 95

Returning the Gaze 113

Home Again 121

The One Cake Rule 137

3 Wonder Years

No Place Like 127.0.0.1 155

Dog Fight 171

Hidden City 185

PDA 205

White Shirt 221

Sources 235

Acknowledgments 237

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