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Explaining Death To The Dog
A Beverly Hills actor must protect his neighbours from his own father, who has taken up jewel theft in his old age. A bored wife spends all her inheritance at an auction. Two straight-A students murder the school bully. This collection of stories draws on the bizarre and the hilarious.
Published May 22nd 2000 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
(first published July 1st 1999)
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Susan Perabo is right up there with Etgar Keret and Junot Diaz as one of the greatest writers of short stories of modern times. In Explaining Death to the Dog, Perabo takes ordinary people living mundane lives and gives them each an extra dimension of the utterly bizarre, whether it be a depressed mother who gambles away her life savings or a data processing clerk who blows her savings on a dress previously owned by Princess Diana or even a reunion between a Hollywood star with marital problems ...more
Jul 12, 2018 SadieReadsAgain rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I didn't have any expectations for this book, but I was really surprised. Surprised both by the maturity of the themes and author's voice, and also surprised by the strength of each story. I don't think there was a dud in the whole collection, and the title story will probably always stay with me. ...more
Susan Perabo's novel, "The Fall of Lisa Bellow," will be released March 14, 2017. Perabo is also the author of two collections of short stories, "Why They Run the Way They Do" and "Who I Was Supposed to Be," and the novel, "The Broken Places." Her fiction has been anthologized in "Best American Short Stories," "Pushcart Prize Stories," and "New Stories from the South," and has appeared in numerous ...more