Wild Dogs

A Novel

Helen Humphreys (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

“A perspective on love and loss [that] will haunt you for days.”—Entertainment Weekly

Alice's boyfriend abandons her dog, which joins a feral pack. Every evening, Alice and five others gather at the forest's edge, trying to call their dogs back. Most have similar tales of jealousy or vengeance enacted upon them through their dogs: Jamie is rebelling against his stepfather; Lily, who has suffered brain damage, is considered irresponsible. Becoming more deeply involved, Alice moves out to a cabin on land owned by Malcolm, one of the group, whose motives in having her there are suspicious. As she falls in love with the wildlife biologist whose wolf has gained lead of the pack, she feels the tug between love's wild power and her desire to domesticate it. After a tragic accident, all members of the group must rethink their lives and find their places in an untamed world. Wild Dogs strips away the conventions of love and passion to reveal deeper, richer truths.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32842-4
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“A sensual, romantic, and brutally wise novel that will leave readers gasping. Every sentence Humphrey writes is a blow to the heart.” — Emma Donoghue

“Magnificent fiction that evokes the . . . connection between humans and the natural world. . . . Brings to mind Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The world Humphreys describes in Wild Dogs is haunting.” — Jodi Daynard, Boston Sunday Globe

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