praise from Dogs of Littlefield:

“The writing couldn’t be better or smarter…The canine murders, all told, are a way in, a comedy of manners with a dabbling in whodunnit…What a good job Berne has done, making the grandiose funny.” –The Washington Post

Like John Updike, Evan Connell, Jane Gardam, and other masters of understatement, Berne draws us into the everyday life of an unremarkable place yet maintains an ironic perspective, her keen eye and her laconic wit missing nothing and sparing nobody.” –The Boston Globe

“Berne has a gift for navigating the subterranean currents coursing under the skin, and she shares the inner lives of her characters more generously than they — than we — often do with one another….the ultimate Satisfying Literary Experience.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

“A compelling, poignant yet unsentimental novel that examines life, love and loss. Original and brilliant” –Sunday Mirror

“Nuanced, thoroughly enjoyable, excellent” –Guardian

“Very well­ written, devastating and funny … insightful, too. Highly recommended” –Daily Mail

“Brilliantly done. Gentle and often moving” –Sunday Times

“Well-observed shrewd satire … sharp, funny and painful. Berne takes the domestic and turns it into the majestic” –Sunday Telegraph

 

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