Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor

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On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man's body is found in an abandoned apartment. His friends look on, but they're dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they're in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend's body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated. All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert's death; Laura, Robert's daughter, who stumbles into the junky's life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others. Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives. Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society--littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.

About Jon McGregor

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Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, So Many Ways To Begin, and Even The Dogs. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was the runner-up in the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham, England.
Published April 15, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 195 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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British novelist McGregor (So Many Ways to Begin, 2007, etc.) takes a bleak look at some drug addicts.

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The New York Times

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Jon McGregor’s experimental third novel probes the consequences of addiction.

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The Guardian

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His occasional use of the language of damnation and salvation doesn't tip over into would-be Beckett-like posturing, while the deep backgrounds to some of his character's problems – the Falklands war, Thatcher-era unemployment and, in one memorable passage, Afghanistan – are neither deployed as c...

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A drug addict's life must be chaotic, obsessive and often infuriating, but for a novel about addiction to assume these conditions is for that novel to become as grim as its subject, rather than to do it any special justice.

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Publishers Weekly

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This mercifully short third novel from McGregor (If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things ) is told from the various perspectives of a loosely connected band of down

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The Telegraph

From time to time, the state takes them under .

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But McGregor has set himself a hard task, for Even .

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They’ve turned to drugs in all forms to make up for those parts of their lives that they’ve aban­doned or have aban­doned them.

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These children's books include a picture book biography of the Statue of Liberty, a cookbook, a book about symbols of the United States, a book of tall tales, and books about the writing of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, a nonfiction children's book about the Fourth of July...

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