Friday, October 09, 2009

Coffee with a canine: Mary Guterson & Sparky

This weekend's featured duo at Coffee with a Canine: Mary Guterson & Sparky.

Mary Guterson is the author of two novels. Sparky is a five-year-old mini-dachshund...who, according to Guterson, is irresistible and a total firecracker:
I made the huge mistake of visiting a friend with puppies. Sparky weighed about two pounds at the time and was the cutest thing EVER. What could I do? I forked over six hundred bucks and here we are, a few thousand dollars (broken back) later, totally in love.[read on]
We Are All Fine Here, Guterson's first novel, was published in 2005. Kaye Gibbons, author of Divining Women, called it “A gracefully imagined and bluntly expressed novel, a rare combination. It speaks directly to the heart about the heart, also rare and very welcome.”

The New Yorker called Guterson's voice “expert deadpan” in her recently-released second novel, Gone to the Dogs, which features a dog-napping heroine named Rena.

Among the early praise for the novel:
"Hilarious, touching, and downright inspiring, Gone to the Dogs is unrestrained good fun and an irresistible read!"
--Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

"Fans of Jennifer Weiner will eat this up like good dark chocolate."
--Debra Dean, author of The Madonnas of Leningrad
Visit Mary Guterson's website.

Read--Coffee with a Canine: Mary Guterson & Sparky.

--Marshal Zeringue