The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
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A poignant and beautiful debut novel explores a man's quest to unravel the mystery of his wife's death with the help of the only witness--their Rhodesian ridgeback, Lorelei.
 

About Carolyn Parkhurst

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Carolyn Parkhurst is the author the bestseller The Dogs of Babel. She holds an MFA in creative writing from American University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their son.
 
Published June 1, 2003 by Little, Brown and Company. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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When Paul attends a meeting of the Cerberus Society, the story turns really bizarre, but only briefly: Parkhurst adheres to the gradual, fairly tedious unraveling of Paul and Lexy’s courtship and married life.

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This desire to learn what Lorelei knows about Lexy's death takes Paul, and the novel, in a bizarre and tense direction as he encounters a group of dog abusers and mutilators, and risks Lorelei's safety.

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Sebold's phenomenal success with The Lovely Bones, a quirky, lyrical, fantasy-tinged debut novel about death and grieving, likely influenced publishers to look seriously at Parkhurst's The Dogs Of Babel, a quirky, lyrical, fantasy-tinged debut novel about death and grieving.

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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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Paul Iverson and his wife Lexy fell in love over square hard boiled eggs.

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