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Explaining Death to the Dog Paperback – 22 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing plc; New edition edition (22 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074754574X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747545743
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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