Men And Dogs: A Novel

Paperback | April 12, 2010 | Large Print

byKatie Crouch

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When Hannah Legare was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in the Charleston harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz's disappearance, Hannah remained steadfastly convinced of his imminent return.

Twenty years later Hannah's new life in San Francisco is unraveling. Her marriage is on the rocks, her business is bankrupt. After a disastrous attempt to win back her husband, she ends up back at her mother's home to "rest up", where she is once again sucked into the mystery of her missing father. Suspecting that those closest are keeping secrets--including Palmer, her emotionally closed, well-mannered brother and Warren, the beautiful boyfriend she left behind--Hannah sets out on an uproarious, dangerous quest that will test the whole family's concepts of loyalty and faith.

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When Hannah Legare was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in the Charleston harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz's disappearance, Hannah remained steadfastly convinced of his imminent return.Twenty years later Hannah's new life in San Francisco is unraveling. Her marriage is on the rock...

Katie Crouchis the author of the bestselling novelGirls in Trucks. Her writing has also appeared inTin House,Glamour, andMcSweeney's. She lives in San Francisco, a city filled with men and dogs, one or two of which reside with her from time to time.

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Format:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 12, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316053872

ISBN - 13:9780316053877

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Family Drama I like "dog" stories, so don't be deceived by the title. This is definately not one of them. That being said, this family drama did hold my interest 'til the end. Both Hannah and her brother had a well developed character. One could think of many questions to ask but don't go there. Roll with the story. The ending leaves you to determine what happened for yourself, but that to is okay. A good story that took me away from the regular cloak and dagger stuff I usually read.
Date published: 2012-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An ok read It's worth reading and an interesting enough story. However, everyone in the book is so immature and unrealistic, it makes the story a little unbelievable to me.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The things that leave us wondering why? According to the author, this work of fiction was actually born out of a true story. Her great-grandfather “went fishing in North Carolina in 1913 and never came back. There was no bad weather or anything, but all his family found was his little fishing boat floating in the river. He didn’t seem depressed and wasn’t an unreliable person in any way. He just disappeared.” Eleven-year-old Hannah Legare and her forty-one-year-old father, Buzz, are out fishing in her Dad’s flat-bottomed aluminum boat. Even Tucker, the family dog is on board for this excursion. Buzz was a doctor and always quizzing Hannah on little facts like: “How many bones are in the human body?” “206”, Hannah would reply. “How many cells?” “One hundred trillion”, answered Hannah. She was a smart girl, a studious student and planned to become a doctor just like her Dad. Daisy, Hannah’s mother, is a responsible woman and mother to Hannah and her brother Palmer after their father, Buzz, disappeared 20 years ago. Everywhere Hannah goes she searches the crowds for her Dad but all she ever sees is different people with different body parts resembling her Dad. A man with his shoulders, another with his gait, and another with his nose, but she never finds “him” in one person. Both Daisy and Palmer have let go, given up and moved on. After therapy and counselling her mother remarried within the year. Hannah has never quite been able to forgive her for that. Hannah just has too many unanswered questions like: “How does one fall off a boat on a calm Spring evening? Why did no one else see her father out in the harbour, and why was he fishing on a Monday at twilight?” “And, if he drowned, why was no body ever found, and why was the dog still there?” Hannah’s persistence and constant looking caused a riff in the family so after high school Hannah felt it best to just leave. She has only been back to Charleston four times for Christmas and a funeral. She eventually met and married Jon but theirs isn’t a perfect marriage by far. This was a hilarious, affecting and wholly original tale of siblings trying to reckon with their flaws, featuring a heroine as exasperating, magnetic, and breathtakingly real as family itself.
Date published: 2011-05-17