Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
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Claire Cook's beguilingly original Ready to Fall struck a vibrant chord with its "perky take on midlife angst" (Publishers Weekly). In Must Love Dogs she gives us a contemporary Everywoman in a big rollicking south-of-Boston Irish family-a zany novel with the flavor of Nora Ephron, Susan Isaacs, and Jeanne Ray's Julie and Romeo.

Forty-year-old Sarah Hurlihy, a divorced preschool teacher whose life is her classroom, is about to meet her first date in more than a decade. It was the "Loves Dogs" that hooked her in the personal ad, and now she is scanning her neighborhood café for the man with a yellow rose. And find him she does, but he's the last person on earth she expects to find there . . .

In Must Love Dogs, hilarious missteps abound. Sarah's widowed father, Billy Hurlihy, with six adult kids, is seeing at least two women. And he and Sarah aren't the only Hurlihys with romantic challenges. Her brother Michael, for one, has a rocky marriage that Mother Teresa, his St. Bernard, just may put over the edge. With self-deprecating humor and a laugh-out-loud view of the way we live now, including shar pei/Labrador crosses and a transgenerational body-piercing experience, Must Love Dogs is a perfect beach read that melts the heartache of dating with warmth and humor.

About Claire Cook

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Claire Cook is the author of Ready to Fall. A teacher of physical fitness and creative writing, she has had previous stints as a copywriter, radio continuity director, garden designer, and dance choreographer.
Published July 8, 2002 by Viking Adult. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Following up on themes from her debut novel, Ready to Fall, which looked at the pitfalls of cyberspace romance, Cook here chronicles the perils of various tried a

May 27 2002 | Read Full Review of Must Love Dogs: A Novel


In truth, Sarah admits, she'd rather be watching Brady Bunch reruns and eating macaroni and cheese prepared with wine (a surprisingly good dish discovered after she runs out of milk).Some of the men she meets are losers, a few aren't bad and one is quite promising, but Sarah still must decide wha...

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Sarah Hurlihy, a divorced preschool teacher from a large Boston-area Irish-American family, is ready to date again.

Jul 02 2003 | Read Full Review of Must Love Dogs: A Novel

He's sensitive.) Of course, Sarah and Jake arrange to meet in a dog park, and -- of course -- the relationship gets off to a very shaky start.

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