One Dog Happy

by Molly McNett

one-dog-happy“These are stories for people who love stories, who dig characters and dialogue and a little nudge of plot, who find the close observation of all those small marvelous encounters that make up our days so essential to short fiction. One Dog Happy is charming and generous, smart and lovely, the gift of a subtle and compassionate writer to readers everywhere.”
—Charles D’Ambrosio, author, The Dead Fish Museum and Orphans

In this award-winning debut collection, Molly McNett couples laugh-out-loud dialogue and wry observation reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor with disquieting strains of dashed hope, troubled sexuality, and disillusionment.

The adults in these stories can seem as hapless and helpless as the younger characters. We meet McNett’s endearing, often foolish characters at a point when their minds are open to manipulation by the people and events around them, and the conclusions they draw are heartbreaking: I am not allowed weakness; life treats people unequally; perhaps there is no God. Yet throughout they find quiet moments of possibility, courage, and a return to faith and comfort.

One Dog Happy

2008 John Simmons Short Fiction Award

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Date: October 15, 2008
Price: $16.00
Paper. 132 pages.
ISBN: 978-1-58729-687-1

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