Synopses & Reviews
Rena never meant to steal her ex-boyfriend's dog. She was just casually driving by his new house, taking stock of his new life, when the dog invited himself into her car...Okay, so she stole the dog. But how could Brian, her boyfriend of seven years (not to mention “unofficial” fiancé), have done this to her? Fallen off the face of the earth, only to resurface with a gorgeous, live-in girlfriend and live-in dog? Honestly, a girl can only take so much. Besides, how could a yellow lab as great as this one be happy living with those two very bad people?
Unfortunately, being a dog-napper is the least of Rena's problems. Her mothers dating a “potential” serial killer, her sisters having an identity crisis and shes the target of one hopeless fix-up after another—most recently, the highly moral Chuck, who just happens to know all about Rena's dog-napping escapades. If Rena wants to straighten things out, she'll have to face up to the choices she's made, the dreams she's put on hold, and the man who broke her heart.
"After being dumped by her fiancé over the phone, dissatisfied waitress Rena retaliates by stealing her ex's dog in Guterson's amusing but forgettable second novel. If the break-up with Brian wasn't bad enough, Rena's mother is getting serious with a new guy Rena is unsure about, her sister's seemingly happy Orthodox Jewish marriage is in trouble, and her family is on a mission to fix her up with a new man. The someone they settle on is affable Chuck, who encourages her to return the dog, settle her issues with Brian, and find a job that really makes her happy. But when Rena makes a big mistake, she wonders if she's screwed up her chances to move on with her life for good. Guterson (We Are All Fine Here) is familiar with the chick lit formula, so the neurotic and insecure Rena immediately garners her sympathy. While Rena's family functions as a surprisingly rich comic buffer, fans won't find many memorable moments in this breezy read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Hilarious, touching, and downright inspiring, Gone to the Dogs is unrestrained good fun and an irresistible read!" Garth Stein, New York Times-bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain.
"Gutersons latest (following We Are All Fine Here
, 2005), delivers another wacky chick-lit heroine, twentysomething Rena, part-time Jew and full-time waitress, depressed and moping after being dumped for another woman. In a mad moment, she steals her exs dog, and in the process of caring for Big Guy, she starts to recover from her depression and realizes its time to move on from her college apartment, job, and lifestyle… there are many zany and refreshingly realistic characters, from big sister Aviva—a dope dealer turned both stay-at home-mom and Orthodox Jew—to possible love interest and amateur moviemaker Chuck. Suggest this one to Jennifer Weiners many fans and to readers of Julie Powells nonfiction Julie and Julia
(2005) about another young woman struggling to find a life that works." —Booklist
“Hilarious, touching, and downright inspiring, Gone to the Dogs is unrestrained good fun and an irresistible read!" -Garth Stein, New York Times
bestselling author The Art of Racing in the Rain
"Fans of Jennifer Weiner will eat this up like good dark chocolate." —Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad and Confessions of a Falling Woman
“The sharp wit and keen observations of Gone to the Dogs had me compulsively turning pages. If Saul Bellow and Lucille Ball produced a love child, she would write like Mary Guterson.” —Randy Sue Coburn, author of Owl Island and A Better View of Paradise
About the Author
Mary Guterson has written for magazines, journals, and public radio. She is the author of the novel, We Are All Fine Here, published in 2005. A former public school speech pathologist, she now works at a bookstore on Bainbridge Island, Washington.