"Shelby Hearon's Year of the Dog reveals with utter clarity how
both a dog and a novel are beloved companions that share--for an
all-too-brief interval--our fraught and always unfamiliar world.
We're all the more fortunate to know such sure-hearted, trusty
guides." --Michael J. Rosen, author and editor of many books on
canine companions, including Dog People, SPEAK!, and The Company of
When her husband dumps her for an old girlfriend and sets all of
Peachland, South Carolina, gossiping, Janey Daniels has to get
away--far away--for a "sabbatical" year. She flees to Burlington,
Vermont, home of Aunt May, her mother's only living relative. There
she adopts Beulah, a Labrador puppy in training to become a
companion dog for the blind. Not for a moment does Janey suspect
that this "year of the dog" will change her life forever.
Shelby Hearon is an acknowledged master at illuminating the
nuances of relationships. In Year of the Dog, she explores the
surprising ways that the heart heals after a betrayal. While Janey
is training Beulah, Beulah leads Janey to a new love, James
Maarten, a smart, "fidgety" teacher they meet at the dog park. As
Janey soon discovers, James has suffered a betrayal of his own that
makes it hard for him to open up and trust her with even the
smallest details of his past. While Janey tries to help James, she
also reaches out to her enigmatic Aunt May, a retired librarian
reputed to be the friend, perhaps even the lover, of popular
mystery writer Bert Greenwood. When Janey attempts to solve the
twin mysteries of why her great aunt has distanced herself from the
family--and what her true relationship is with Bert
Greenwood--Beulah provides the clues that leadJaney to uncover the
secrets of her aunt's life. By the time Beulah's stay with Janey
comes to an end, the people whose lives she's linked will discover
that healing and reconciliation can come in the most unexpected
University Of Texas Press
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||James A. Michener Fiction Series
||229 x 152 x 21mm (L x W x T)
||Hardcover - With dust jacket / With dust jacket
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