Dog by Michelle Herman
I'm going to go off on a tangent here.
I love dogs. I mean, I LOVE dogs. I've wanted a puppy of my own for as long as I can remember, but lifestyle choices prevent me from doing so (I rent, I'm not home, I go on vacation, blah blah blah). That doesn't make me want a dog less.
So HOW could I possibly pass up a book with THAT CUTIE-PATOOTIE WITTLE PUPPY ON THE COVER????
Okay, I'm done being 8 years old now. ;-)
This novella struck a nerve with me - it features a lonely professor in a small midwestern town who lives a structured, uncomplicated life. She has no friends, no family, no connections, and no idea how she ended up where she is. On a lark, she types in "adoption" in a search engine, and the next thing she knows, she has Dog.
I may want a dog, but I don't want the rest of this sad tale. Well written and poignant, I think it was a good fable as to how to be open to more than yourself, how to love another, and how to find yourself a little more each day.
Plus, cute as hell puppy always makes a book better. ;-)
Scribbled by Marissa