What happens when nothing happens? Maryanne wonders in A Year of Cats and Dogs, a darkly funny yet hopeful novel about a woman in midlife who feels surrounded by death. She answers her own question by deciding to find out. "I wanted to embrace entropy, to stop working so hard at keeping things up, to go AWOL from the productive world I'd so long been a part of," she tells us at the beginning of the novel. "The clearer it became that Phillip wasn't...
"Lydia is having a party, one she hosts every year for a group of six women friends who look forward to the annual midwinter bash that has become a cherished ritual in their lives. Over a table laden with dishes, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. When Lydia's announcement shocks them all they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing yet again in new and unexpected ways" --
"A story of family rivalry, betrayal, violence and forgiveness told in six voices."--from flap copy.