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The Dogs of Babelby Carolyn Parkhurst
Despite a few annoying detours — the story's romance is actually kindled in Disneyland — Parkhurst's story moves both mind and heart. What else does a novel need? If your answer is "a soulful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Lorelei," then this is the book for you. A fine piece of work.
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When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher.
So begins Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth, as he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Is this the project of a madman? Or does Lorelei really have something to tell him about the last afternoon of a woman he only thought he knew?
At the same time, Paul obsessively recalls the early days of his love for Lexy and the ups and downs of life with the brilliant, sometimes unsettling woman who became his wife.
"Try a novel you can't put down: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst....This tightly woven tale has all the right stuff: romance, suspense, fantasy, and an ending that does not disappoint." Redbook
"A wonderfully original and richly imaginative novel that moves in unpredictable, continuously surprising — but perfectly reasonable — directions as it explores the ways that we are all masked from one another, masked even from those we love most. It's a mystery story of the most resonant kind, but it's also a love story and, at its core, about the quest of grief for meaning." Kermit Moyer, author of Tumbling
"The story is poignant and suspenseful, with richly drawn characters, including the soulful hound who seems to hold the key to the mystery." Parenting
"Carolyn Parkhurst's The Dogs of Babel — so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring — is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply earned grace." Richard McCann, author of Ghost Letters
"The brilliance of Parkhurst's novel lies in the subtle buildup of emotion as Paul digs deeper and deeper to discover the truth about the woman he loved....The beauty of the novel lies in how powerfully that emotional wave hits the reader. An unforgettable debut." Booklist, starred review
"I read it without stopping, and I loved it completely." Anna Quindlen
"A heartbreaking exploration of memory and language, grief and redemption." Esquire
"A neatly, almost perfectly constructed novel." Time
"Parkhurst tells her tale with considerable skill...a humanistic parable of the heart's confusions..." Entertainment Weekly
"A poignant, affecting tale....Parkhurst delivers a remarkable debut in quiet, authoritative prose....Highly recommended." Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal
"The Dogs of Babel is the most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down." John Searles, author of Boy Still Missing and Senior Books Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine
"Carolyn Parkhurst writes as well about talking dogs and square eggs as she does about the limits of language and the intractable mysteries of the self. The Dogs of Babel is a strange, beautiful and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love." Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief and Unravelling
“McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me.”—Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel
Free-spirit Skyla Plinka has found the love and stability she always wanted in her reliable husband, Thomas. Settling into her new family and roles as wife and mother, Skyla finds life in rural Wisconsin satisfying, but she cant seem to quell her growing sense of restlessness. Skylas only reprieve is her growing friendship with neighbor Roxanne, who has five kids (and counting) and a life in constant disarray—but also a life filled with laughter and love.
Much to the dismay of her intrusive mother-in-law, Audrey, Skyla takes a part-time job at the local bookstore and slowly begins to rediscover her voice, independence, and confidence. Throughout one pivotal year in the life of Skyla, Audrey, and Roxanne, all three very different women will learn what it means to love unconditionally.
In Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth about his wife's death, he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Could she really give him the answers he is looking for?
About the Author
National best-selling author Karen McQuestion writes books for adults as well as for kids and teens. Her novels regularly place in the top 100 Kindle books, and each successive novel has added to her ever growing fan base, making her one of the preeminent Amazon Publishing authors. McQuestion lives in Wisconsin with her family and is always working on her next novel.
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