Synopses & Reviews
Stepdog is the hilarious and heartwarming tale of a woman who has finally met the man of her dreamsand the dog of her nightmares.
Lots of dogs eat shoes, bite people, destroy furniture . . . but Eddie tried to destroy a marriage.
After more than three decades of happy single womanhood, Mia Navarro wasnt really looking to change her relationship status. The idea of being a step-anything to anyone was foreign to her, something she never thought about. . . . Until she fell in love with Jim and agreed to marry him. As it turns out, the marriage is pretty wonderful, the stepkids were, well, typical pre-teens, the weather in Los Angeles perfect. But life is not spotless. The spots belong to Jims mutt, Eddie. Possessive and jealous, Eddie behaves like Jims mistressif a mistress could bark and compete for space on his beloveds lap. As time goes on, a full-on war ensues. Mia slams the door in Eddies face, cordons off the house into dog- and wife-territories, and leaves the back door open . . . by, er, accident, of course. She even tries to leave Eddie behind in California when she and Jim abruptly relocate to New York. But in the end, its clear that not even a wife can come between man and dog. As Eddie ages, Mia softens, and as with any new family struggling to blend, the two must make peace with each other. Ultimately, Stepdog is a triumphant story about finding love at an unexpected stage in life and the many unforeseen obstaclesnot only of the four-legged varietythat can get in the way on the road to happily ever after.
“I adore this book. Alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching, Stepdog is an extraordinary chronicle of romance, marriage, blended families, career juggling, and an obstreperous dog, written with a journalists eye for detail, and a novelists insight for character. Mireya Navarro is a wonderful writer who reminds us that in the end, love and compassion conquers all - even a cantankerous canine.“ — Bruce Feirstein, bestselling author and contributing editor, Vanity Fair
“In STEPDOG, Navarro reminds us that our companions (human and animal) challenge our assumptions, force us to compromise and give us plenty of opportunities for hard lessons. A charming, funny, poignant memoir about love, life and family." — Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican and Conquistadora
About the Author
is a housing reporter for The New York Times
. She has also taught journalism at Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives in New York City and Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, Jim, and stepdog, Eddie.