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Publisher's Summary

"Decrepit humans rescue desperate canines, cats, and the occasional rat in this collection of shaggy but piercing short stories."

Listed by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best books of 2015, this collection of short stories and a novella explores the complexity of relationships between people and animals in an impoverished rural community where the connections people have with animals are sometimes their only connection to life.

©2016 Jill Kearney (P)2017 Jill Kearney

Critic Reviews

"Kearney's prose is elegant and unfussy, with threads of humor and lyricism. She has an excellent eye for settings and ear for dialogue, and she treats her characters, and their relationships with their pets, with a clear-eyed, unsentimental sensitivity and psychological depth. Through their struggles, she shows readers a search for meaning through the humblest acts of caretaking and companionship. A superb collection of stories about the most elemental of bonds." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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