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The Dogs of Babel : A Novel

Parkhurst, Carolyn

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ISBN 10: 0316168688 / ISBN 13: 9780316168687
Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, USA, 2003
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Sometimes love can speak louder than words . . .

Paul Iverson's life is stable, orderly and dull - until he meets Lexy and her Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, Lorelei. From their first date, Lexy sweeps him off his feet and brings him passion, adventure and love. But one afternoon, Lexy climbs the apple tree in their backyard and falls to her death. Heartbroken, Paul cannot believe it was an accident and sets out to uncover the truth, with the help of the only creature who saw what happened, Lorelei.

What follows is both comic and deeply touching as Paul tries to divine Lorelei's secret. And in his attempts to teach her to communicate, Paul revisits his often tempestuous romance with Lexy, learning things about his wife that he could never have imagined.

Review: A heartbreaking exploration of memory and language, grief and redemption ( Esquire)

Shimmers with idiosyncratic intrigue ... a humanistic parable of the heart's confusions. ( Entertainment Weekly)

Captivatingly strange ... perilously adorable ( New York Times)

The most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down. ( John Searles, author of 'Boy Still Missing'; Senio)

Carolyn Parkhurst's 'Lorelei's Secret' --so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring--is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply earned grace. ( Richard McCann, author of 'Ghost Letters')

This tightly woven tale has all the right stuff: romance, suspense, fantasy, and an ending that does not disappoint. ( Red magazine (US))

Carolyn Parkhurst writes as well about talking dogs and square eggs as she does about the limits of language and the intractable mysteries of the self. 'Lorelei's Secret' is a strange, beautiful and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love. ( Elizabeth Graver, author of 'The Honey Thief' and)

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Title: The Dogs of Babel : A Novel

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, USA

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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