The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
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Tom Loxley, an Indian-Australian professor, is less concerned with finishing his book on Henry James than with finding his dog, who is lost in the Australian bush. Joining his daily hunt is Nelly Zhang, an artist whose husband disappeared mysteriously years before Tom met her. Although Nelly helps him search for his beloved pet, Tom isn't sure if he should trust this new friend.
Tom has preoccupations other than his book and Nelly and his missing dog, mainly concerning his mother, who is suffering from the various indignities of old age. He is constantly drawn from the cerebral to the primitive--by his mother's infirmities, as well as by Nelly's attractions. THE LOST DOG makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while leading us to see anew the ever-present conflicts between our bodies and our minds, the present and the past, the primal and the civilized.

About Michelle de Kretser

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Michelle de Kretser is a Sri Lankan who has lived in Australia since 1972. She is also the author or the novels The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, and The Lost Dog.
Published April 28, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 356 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Anxieties about a pet gone missing in the Australian bush spark a cerebral, enigmatic reflection on cultures and identity.

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Publishers Weekly

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De Kretser (The Hamilton Case ) presents an intimate and subtle look at Tom Loxley, a well-intentioned but solipsistic Henry James scholar and childless divorc&ea

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A man’s search for his runaway dog frames the action in this Australian novel.

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By jonSun, 05/04/2008 - 17:21.

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