Dog Years

Dog Years

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Winner of the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Many of these richly layered stories juxtapose the miracles of modern medicine against the inescapable frustrations of everyday life: awkward first dates, the indignities of air travel, and overwhelming megastore cereal aisles. In a€œGo Forth, a€ an aging couple attends a kidney transplant reunion, where donors and recipients collide with unexpected results; in a€œHounds, a€ a woman who runs a facial reconstruction program for veterans nurses her dying dog while recounting the ways she has used sex as both a weapon and a salve; and in a€œConsider This Case, a€ a lonely fetal surgeon caring for his aesthete father must reconsider sexuality and the lengths people will go to have children. Melissa Yancya€™s personal experience in the milieus of hospitals, medicine, and family services infuse her narratives with a rare texture and gravity. Keenly observant, offering both sharp humor and humanity, these stories explore the ties that binda€”both genetic and otherwisea€”and the fine line between the mundane and the maudlin. Whether the men or women that populate these pages are contending with illness, death, or parenthood, the real focus is on time and our inability to slow its progression, reminding us to revel in those moments we can control.It looked like Sunset magazine from 1955a€”the bulbous lamp over the kitchen sink and the stacked thermador oven people would pay good money for now. The place had an open layout, a small living room with builtin bookshelves and a anbsp;...

Title:Dog Years
Author: Melissa Yancy
Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Press - 2016-11-11

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