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Mad Dog

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It's the summer of 1964 and the Supremes are the reigning queens of radio. Sheryl-Anne MacRae dreams of running away from her home on an apple orchard in southwestern Ontario to find her missing mother. But the teenager's plans are put on hold when her uncle and guardian, Fergus, the local pharmacist and an amateur photographer, brings home a handsome young hitchhiker. Whe ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 2nd 2019 by Hamilton Stone Editions (first published 2001)
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Kelly Watt’s Mad Dog views the idyllic apple orchards of Ontario through the eyes of a lonely fourteen-year-old protagonist who veers between obedient and rebellious as the long hot summer draws on. Her mother disappeared long ago and Sheryl-Ann lives with her aunt, uncle and cousin on a family farm, surrounded by family and isolated from the world. They go to church together on Sundays. They're considered standoffish and odd, but they're part of the community. And in term time Sheryl goes to sc ...more
Amit Verma
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.Book is nostalgic. Takes you to country life in 1964. When we see setting and background in which it is set.
But it's theme is very dark.
Language is a bit heavy. Innovative at points. Quite introspection full at junctures and little tiring at few paragraphs.
Overall nice read to peek ibside dark corners of human psychology.

It's the summer of 1964 and the Supremes are the reigning queens of radio. Sheryl-Anne MacRae dreams of running away from her home on an apple orchard in southw
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very appropriate book for resent times; especially with the #metoo campaign. I thought author, Kelly Watt did a wonderful job of showing physical, emotional, and mental abuse but in a "classy" way. What I mean by this is that there abuse was not given with tons of details as to be a major turn off.

I related to Sheryl in this book. I really felt so bad for her. Her innocence was lost and she was forced to grow up faster than she should have had to. However, I do believe that Sheryl cam
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Sara Strand
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm kind of torn on a 2 or 3 star, so I'm going to round up. The book was OK for me, and while I was reading it I was so confused and wondered what the heck am I even reading, but I couldn't stop because I just wanted to know where it was all going. In the end I was still just as confused but it's been a few days since I've finished it and.... I think I kind of get it? I guess that's kind of like abuse, really, right? Maybe at the time you don't really know or acknowledge what it is but with tim ...more
Mar 20, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, canadian
What the crap was up with this book? I felt like I needed to scrub my brain after reading it. Talk about disturbing. A horse is tied up and slit open, a little girl is being shoved into the bleeding horses stomach (and by into, yes I mean actually INTO the horses gaping wound of a stomach, head first), a dog is beaten, a little boy who seems to enjoy torturing animals and skinning cats, not to mention the religious cult craziness. I.... wow, there are no words that can fully explain how disturbi ...more
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Kelly Watt has studied literature and writing in Canada, California, France and India. She has written for magazines, film and television, and worked as a publishers' representative for The Literary Press Group. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in several national literary magazines. Mad Dog was her first novel.
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