The Dog Thief and Other Stories

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About the author:
Jill Kearney is an artist who lives with her husband and two dogs on an island in Puget Sound. She is retired from teaching and currently works part time as a care provider.

Jill writes stories drawn from her experiences as an in-home care provider and a dog rescuer in the impoverished rural southwestern corner of Washington state. "I began writing almost as a compulsion," she said. "I met people and animals and got into situations that just demanded to be described in story form." Most of her stories concern the lives of people like her clients who live on the margins of society. "I get stories by standing in line at the Food Bank," she said. Other stories come from dog rescue experiences.

"I'm interested in the lives of people who feel like they don't matter to anyone."

The Dog Thief and Other Stories

Authored by Jill Kearney

"Decrepit humans rescue desperate canines, cats and the occasional rat in this collection of shaggy but piercing short stories."

Listed by Kirkus Review as one of the best books of 2015, this collection of short stories and a novella explores the complexity of relationships between people and animals in an impoverished rural community where the connections people have with animals are sometimes their only connection to life.

According to Kirkus Review:

"Kearney's prose is elegant and unfussy, with threads of humor and lyricism. She has an excellent eye for settings and ear for dialogue, and she treats her characters, and their relationships with their pets, with a cleareyed, unsentimental sensitivity and psychological depth. Through their struggles, she shows readers a search for meaning through the humblest acts of caretaking and companionship.

A superb collection of stories about the most elemental of bonds."

Publication Date:
1946044008 / 9781946044006
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Short Stories

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