The Dogs by Rebecca Brown
A Modern Bestiary

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The nameless narrator of The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary lives in her studio apartment with a pack of Doberman pinchers. The dogs, led by the cruel, charismatic bitch named Miss Dog, alternate between being brutal attack animals and loyal companions, being real and otherworldly. Some chapters draw upon the ecstatic and horrifying visions of Christian mystics; others take place in the landscapes of familiar fairytales; others in the banal settings of the late-night pick-up bars or suburban picnics. The narrator uneasily inhabits these worlds until the dogs force her to take irrevocable action. Rebecca Brown is the author of other fictions, including The Terrible Girls, Annie Oakley’s Girl, and The Gifts of the Body. She lives in Seattle.


About Rebecca Brown

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Rebecca Brown is an American lesbian author whose work has contributed significantly to contemporary gay and lesbian literature. In addition to her writing, Brown is also well known for her teaching, activism and outreach efforts in the Puget Sound literary community. Brown was the first writer in residence at Richard Hugo House and has taught there frequently ever since. She is the co-founder of the Jack Straw Writers Program and now serves as the creative director of literature at Centrum in Port Townsend, heading the popular summer writers conference there. Her first novel, The Haunted House, was published in 1986. Brown's best-known work is "The Gifts of the Body," a novel about an AIDS caregiver published in 1994 and a winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Brown has also collaborated with painter Nancy Kiefer on a book ("Woman in Ill Fitting Wig"), as well as writing the libretto for a dance opera ("The Onion Twins"). Her prose has appeared in Norton anthologies, small and prestigious literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and zines all over the country, and has been translated into Japanese, German, Danish, Italian and Norwegian.
Published November 1, 1997 by Harpercollins. 166 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mum won't kill snakes because she says they help to keep the rats down (but she rescued a nest of baby mice from the barns and left them to grow in my cupboard, where they ate holes in the family's winter jerseys).

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The Truth About Dogs Stephen Budiansky 263pp, Weidenfeld, £20 Buy it at a discount at BOL A martian biologist could understand dogs at once: they are parasites, who have developed to exploit Homo sapiens.

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""It became as if my house was hers and I the grateful guest,"" she laments, as the merciless alpha dog, Miss Dog, multiplies a hundredfold.

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Entertainment Weekly

She can slice and dice a character in a couple of well-chosen strokes, as in Paul's recollection of his first wife, Maura, ''whose voice filled our house like a thick mortar, sealing every crack and corner.'' In contrast, when Paul meets Lexy almost a year after his divorce, he delights in her sp...

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Christian Science Monitor

Whether vilified as vicious baby-killers or embraced by moneymaking dogfighters – like football phenom Michael Vick, before his 2007 conviction – the breed is in trouble.

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Birmingham Public Library

It would make a wonderful book to read aloud, I was alone while reading it and I was tempted to sing Lulu’s money song, “Jimmy, Johnny, Joseph, Jake!

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