Tig Monahan, radio therapist, finds out the hard way that nothing is fair in love and war….or family.
Everything is falling apart in psychologist, Tig Monahan’s life. Her mother’s dementia is wearing her out, her boyfriend takes off for Hawaii without her, and her sister inexplicably disappears leaving her newborn behind.
When a therapy session goes horribly wrong, Tig finds herself unemployed and part of the sandwich generation trying to take care of everyone and failing miserably. Just when she thinks she can redefine herself on the radio, as an arbiter of fairness, she discovers a family secret that nobody saw coming.
It will take everything plus a sense of humor to see her way clear to a better life, but none of that will happen if she can’t let go of her past.
Praise for I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around
“It’s not enough that Ann Garvin is hilarious. Then she has to go ahead and be compassionate and wise about the hopeful car-wreck that is most of humanity. In I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, Garvin builds an unorthodox family that’s both tight knit and forever at odds, and not one of those family members feels any less than rich, real, and complex–just what a novel needs.” –Michelle Wildgen, author of You’re Not You and Bread and Butter
“Told with Garvin’s charming wit and propelled by mystery, I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around challenges our definition of family and love. A poignant and humor-filled look at those who care for everyone but themselves.” –Kate Moretti New York Times author of Thought I Knew You And Binds That Tie
“I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around captures the gritty truth of a family in crisis as the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease collides with caring for new life. Author Ann Garvin, writing with warmth and wisdom, explores sisters turning from piercing love to boiling rage and back again as they cope with the exhaustion of being the sandwiched generation.” –Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage
Praise for The Dog Year
Kirkus Reviews Garvin (On Maggie’s Watch, 2010) is insightful about grief and the pervasiveness of denial. Those familiar with 12-step programs will recognize the brand of tough love depicted here. With humor and compassion, Garvin shows how recovery depends on honesty—often with other people who share an addiction, whether to booze, drugs or shoplifting—and on helping others, whether stray dogs or stray people.Hopeful but not saccharine, this novel offers a deeply sympathetic view of recovery from grief.
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.
“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’s funny, heartfelt tale of one woman’s loss, and the grief and staggering around that follows, is proof that if there’s one thing better than a good book and a dog, it’s a good book with a dog. Pure delight. Karen Karbo- author of Kick Ass Woman Series
With sharp wit and penetrating insight, Ann Garvin offers a tender look at love, loss, friendship and that curious human epidemic, denial. As touching as it is funny, The Dog Year, will take up residence in readers’ (and dog-lovers’) hearts. This is a completely winning novel. Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
“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.
“Poignant and humorous, The Dog Year demonstrates the power of pets to heal, comfort, unite, and ultimately save people–particularly those who need saving most. Ann Garvin writes with a gentle touch about the art of being human, and her novel will almost convince you that dogs are people too, providing unconditional love, limitless affection, and to-die-for loyalty.” Dr. Marty Becker “America’s Veterinarian” Author, Dr. Oz contributor, Taking petrified out of pets.
About The Dog Year
‘The Dog Year’ is Ann Garvin’s latest novel 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. She’s 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 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.
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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.
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