In a fiercely beautiful novel of love and desire, guilt and accountability, Abigail DeWitt offers a remarkable chronicle of one woman’s coming of age. Set against a backdrop that moves from Austin, Texas to Cambridge, Massachusetts and the North Carolina mountains, this memorable story is told with great passion and, at times, heartbreaking humor.
The story begins when Molly Moore, the youngest child in a large, tumultuous family tries to find her place in the midst of the troubled relationships around her. But Molly’s youth and innocence are squandered in the wake of her parents’ disengagement as the family disintegrates and her older siblings leave home. As Molly grows into adulthood and becomes a parent herself, she must face the hard truths of her parents’ lives and her own.
Dark, sexy, and profoundly original—a Texas-hot family saga unlike any other. A brilliant and thought-provoking novel from the extravagantly talented Abigail DeWitt."
- Lee Smith, Author of "Mrs. Darcy Meets the Blue-Eyed Stranger"
Abigail DeWitt’s carefully crafted and emotionally intelligent new novel Dogs is unnerving in the way that the best fiction can be, artfully depicting our common experiences with candor and grace. Dogs, sex, food, errant siblings, difficult parents, the brutality of high school, the life of the mind: is there anything worthy of our attention that DeWitt does not notice? It has been a long time since I have read a novel that so accurately describes the contradictory nature of desire."
- Michael F. Parker, Author of "If You Want Me to Stay" and "Don't Make Me Stop Now"
Molly Moore is a remarkable character and her story is a compelling one in this beautifully written novel of secrets and desires."
- Ron Rash, Author of "Serena" and "Burning Bright"
Abigail DeWitt is a Michener Fellowship recipient and the author of the acclaimed novel Lili. Her short stories have appeared in Salamander, The Journal and The Carolina Quarterly. She has lived and worked in France and throughout the United States where she teaches creative writing. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.