Even The Dogs: A Novel

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Even The Dogs: A Novel

by Jon Mcgregor

Bloomsbury Press Agency | January 26, 2010 | Trade Paperback

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On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man''s body is found in an abandoned apartment. His friends look on, but they''re dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they''re in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend''s body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated.
All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert''s death; Laura, Robert''s daughter, who stumbles into the junky''s life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others.
Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives.
Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society--littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: January 26, 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596913487

ISBN - 13: 9781596913486

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Even The Dogs: A Novel

by Jon Mcgregor

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: January 26, 2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1596913487

ISBN - 13: 9781596913486

From the Publisher

On a cold, quiet day between Christmas and the New Year, a man''s body is found in an abandoned apartment. His friends look on, but they''re dead, too. Their bodies found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of a bad batch of heroin, they''re in the shadows, a chorus keeping vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as their friend''s body is taken away, examined, investigated, and cremated.
All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies; Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to share the news of Robert''s death; Laura, Robert''s daughter, who stumbles into the junky''s life when she moves in with her father after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all the others.
Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks, hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more respect than they ever were in their short lives.
Intense, exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society--littered with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.

About the Author

Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways to Begin. He has won the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. He was born in Bermuda in 1976, grew up in Norfolk, and now lives in Nottingham, England.

Editorial Reviews

McGregor puts the reader into the minds of this interconnected web of people bent on various journeys of self-destruction. He constructs a powerful, disjointed narrative about dependency that is nearly impossible to put down, though it''s not easy reading.