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Dog Days by Mavis Cheek

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 224 Pages.

Published: 05 May 2005 by Faber & Faber

Edition: Main

ISBN: 057122587X

EAN: 9780571225873

Patricia's marriage of eleven years is over. Despite her doubts about the arrival of Brian, a dog who has become a father-substitute for her ten year old daughter Rachel, Patricia is more than ready for a fulfilled life as a single parent. But then the matchmaking begins. Even her most trusted friends are determined to provide her with potential lovers, all of whom she skilfully manages to avoid - that is until Roland, who is deeply unsuitable, arrives on the scene.


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Amusing and entertaining

This is an intelligent and amusing book about a marriage which has fallen apart and Patricia's need to start again without her husband Gordon. It doesn't exaggerate the situation for laughs but the humour comes from a witty observation of how people might feel and react in the situation. The story is punctuated by reference to Brian, the canine father substitute, which adds another level of fun.

Although the book is light and entertaining the author does deal with real issues around the breakup of a marriage and its consequences. Patricia is effectively having to start her life again with the added burden of being a single parent and dog owner and it's not an easy task especially when everyone else thinks that you should be part of a couple and aren't afraid to push you in that direction. In the end there is a possible new lover but he is highly unsuitable and also unavailable.

This is a short book but cleverly crafted and very enjoyable.

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