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Gone to the Dogs by Mary Guterson
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Guterson continues to show her ease with sarcasm and wit in her sophomore effort, GONE TO THE DOGS. This fast and easy read may not be laugh-out-loud funny, but Guterson certainly knows how to bring on a wry smile with her snappy dialogue and sardonic retorts.
When Rena finds out her fiancé, Brian, has unceremoniously dumped her (through a phone call from Brian’s dad no less) she reacts badly in a weak moment by stealing his new girlfriend’s dog. As the reality of her crime settles in Rena faces her Mother’s impending re-marriage, her sister’s shaky marriage and withdrawal from Orthodox Judaism, her dead-end waitressing job, the possible appeal of her latest blind date, as well as some persuasive come-ons from Brian. As Rena navigates the wreck of her life, Guterson’s run-on sentences perfectly capture the insecurities and second-guessing that create humor in unexpected places.
GONE TO THE DOGS is a light, but entertaining read.
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