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Author Archive: "Lauren Slater"

Powell’s Q&A: Lauren Slater

Describe your latest book.
Right now I have my hands in several pots, so to speak. I have just finished a nonfictional autobiographical work called The $60,000 Dog, a book about the critical role animals play in my life, in all our lives, even though we give it scant thought. The book traces my trajectory from a nine-year-old girl who finds a mysterious egg in the forest to a middle-aged woman contemplating crepuscular bats during bouts of insomnia. While the book tells the tales of swans, raccoons, horses, and more, its focus is on the relationship between humans and dogs, specifically my relationship to my own dogs who present me with many a moral and emotional quandary along the way. What does it mean, for instance, if my affection for my dogs is as deep as my affection for my family, my children? Does that make me psychologically warped, constricted? Or does it suggest a more elastic humanity, capable of embracing and loving life in its myriad forms? The book tussles with this question, and several others.

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