Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord, shares her list of “Great Books About Dogs” with the Penguin Hotline:
1. Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs edited by Jim Shepard and Amy Hempel
A gorgeous and indispensible volume for any literate dog lover. Celebrated writers channel their beloved dogs to produce verses that are by turns comic, insightful and heartbreaking.
2. Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men by Donald McCaig
Of all the collaborations between dog and man, the relationship between shepherd and collie is one of the most sophisticated and longstanding. In this introspective and page-turning adventure, McCaig travels from his Virginia farm through the Scottish borders, ISO his perfect canine partner.
3. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
An intense, beautifully crafted novel that channels Hamlet, with a boy’s beloved dog Almondine in a role that echoes Ophelia.
4. Stepdog by Nicole Galland
In this delicious romp, boy meets girl only to discover that he’s also married her dog. A comic novel with much to say about the compromises of marriage and the expansive capabilities of the human heart.
A harrowing, original and beautifully written novel in which an abandoned Russian four year old is raised on the streets of Moscow as the member of a dog pack.
The true story of the Japanese mountain man who risked his life to save the Akita breed in the darkest days of World War II.
A warm-hearted memoir of transformation as the remarkable Pransky learns his trade as a therapy dog and embarks on his own late life career, easing the pain of diminishment and loneliness.