Jennifer Finney Boylan

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Good Boy

book | Non-Fiction | Apr 2020
US & Canada → Celadon Books (Ed. Deb Futter)

My Life in Seven Dogs

From New York Times opinion columnist, human rights activist and bestselling author of She’s Not There, Jennifer Finney Boylan, comes Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.

This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been.

It’s in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.

There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.

But I remember the dogs.

In her
New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.

Good Boy
is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman - accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humour and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.


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Filled with insight and remarkable candor, this is a sterling tribute to the love of dogs.

Publisher's Weekly (starred)

A memoir told through the lens of seven canine companions [...] Intimate and insightful.

Full Review

Boylan’s experiences are expressed with a captivating blend of deep reflection and wry humor, delving into her discomfort in her skin as a young boy, struggles in relationships, the death of her father, her transition to womanhood, and her child’s own transition.

Library Journal

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