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Explaining Death to the Dog Paperback – 22 May 2000
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Susan Perabo scored a goal that eludes most authors--she succeeded in getting a collection of short stories published in both the US and the UK without first having written and published a novel. This is a rare feat and a testimony to the sheer brilliance of the stories found in Explaining Death to the Dog. Perabo gives glimpses into the secret and bizarre worlds of apparently ordinary individuals and shows how a person's fate can be dictated by the odd kinks in their emotional make-up: "My mother, beside herself with loss, spent 35,000 dollars on lottery tickets in nine months."
She gives us the two kids who know something awful about the death of one of their classmates, the woman who spends all of her mother's legacy on a dress that belonged to Princess Diana, the man who pretends to have amnesia to try to trick his ex-wife back into their failed marriage and the woman who has recently lost a baby and is trying to make her dog understand what has taken place--"After the baby died, I found it imperative that my German Shepherd, Stu, understand and accept the concept of death."
Susan Perabo teaches creative writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arkansas. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Explaining Death to the Dog is one of those books that makes us look at people on the bus in a different way. --Anna Davis
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The book is excellent; however
25 October 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is excellent; however, the place I bought it from is called Booksusa and it is not in the US. We needed the book promptly for a speech competition and did not anticipate two weeks for it to arrive. When I emailed them to ask where the book was coming from, they were evasive. If you are in a hurry for a book, be sure that they up front that it is coming from out of the USA-like Belgium!
20 May 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
An earlier work from the talented Susan Perabo--it's now out of print, but available inexpensively and lightly used. Great reading for literary book clubs and writing classes.Explaining Death to the Dog (Bloomsbury paperbacks)