Reminiscent of the best of Gail Parent and Alison Lurie, THE DOG YEAR is the story of a woman who had everything, lost everything, and now wants to shoplift the rest, including the hope of life after the death of her heart, lost when her husband and child died in a dreadful accident. Ann Garvin’s writing sneaks up on you: it is hilarious, until it’s poignant, until it’s heartbreaking. She leave no heartstring untugged, no funny bone untapped, and every word she sets down is honest.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times Best Selling author of The Deep End of The Ocean.
‘The Dog Year’ is Ann Garvin’s new novel soon to be released by Berkley-a PenguinRandomhouse imprint.
“Dr. Lucy Peterman was not built for a messy life. A well-respected surgeon whose patients rely on her warmth, compassion and fierce support, Lucy has always worked hard and trusted in the system. She¹s not the sort of person who ends up in a Twelve-Step program after being caught stealing supplies from her hospital. But that was Lucy before the accident — before her husband and unborn baby were ripped away from her in an instant, before her future felt like a broken promise.
Caught red-handed in a senseless act that kept her demons at bay, she’s faced with a choice: get some help, or lose her medical license.
Now, she’s reluctantly sharing her deepest fears with a bunch of strangers, avoiding her loneliness by befriending a troubled girl, pinning her hopes on her husband’s last gift, and getting involved with a troubled cop from her past.
It’s only when she is adopted by a stray mutt and moves her group to the dog park that she begins to truly bond with the rag-tag dog-loving addicts-and discovers that a chaotic, unplanned life might be the sweetest of all…”
Where did this story come from??
Ann’s new book The Dog Year combines her years of working in health care and health education along with her almost ridiculous love of dogs.
This book is for anyone who has spent even one afternoon in the presences of doctors and know how quirky they all can be.
She added dogs to the mix because sometimes the best parallel to humanity is a canine counter part. She pretty much makes fun of everybody but if you don’t watch out, you’ll be brushing away tears too.
“I know of few authors who are funnier or more sympathetic than Ann Garvin, and I know of few heroines more in need of comic relief and sympathy than Dr. Lucy Peterman. This novel will make your stomach hurt with laughter and your heart ache with sadness. The Dog Year is a kind, gentle, honest look at a woman whose life has come apart and a survivor who puts it all back together.”
Wiley Cash, author of This Dark Road to Mercy and A Land More Kind than Home.
“Ann Garvin has written another hilarious, insightful, and heartbreaking book. Lucy Peterman is one of Garvin’s signature characters: deeply flawed, nakedly honest, and a whip-smart sarcastic modern woman who finds herself adrift in a world that seems intent on leaving her behind. But Lucy does not give up easily. THE DOG YEAR is a deeply intimate story of tragedy and recovery that readers and book clubs will treasure.”
Matt Bondurant, author of The Night Swimmer and The Wettest County in the World Made a major motion picture Lawless.
Health can be brutal. While Ann wrote her novel she taught nutrition, stress management and health promotion to college students and published in scientific journals.
She’s decided it’s time to open up her teaching to a wider online forum. Her blogger friends, colleagues, writer pals, twitter people and students all need a little help now and then.
That’s what the Feel Better Little-by-Little Challenge is all about. So mix one part over-educated health enthusiast and two parts imagination and you get a fiction book where even the doctors get a little help AND a blogger who uses her fiction voice to help you all feel better.
If you aren’t sick of me yet check out this video about my first book On Maggie’s Watch