Wild Dogs - Helen Humphreys

**Joint winner of the 2006 Lambda Literary Award for best lesbian novel, USA**

Out beyond the edge of town, in the woods behind Cooper's farm, a pack of lost dogs run wild. At dusk every evening six people gather to call their former companions home. Their patient waiting becomes a ritual, a memorial and then a healing, as they share their common losses and individual stories.

Helen Humphreys weaves an enchanting tapestry of characters, layering lyrical narrative and rich imagery into a work of deep resonance and delicate hope. Beginning with the simple and evocative image of dogs that have chosen the wild, each scene draws the reader further towards a compelling reminder of our instinctive need to connect and be a part of a larger whole. Wild Dogs is a remarkable work about the power of human strength, trust and love.

'A compelling story of loss and of truth, simply and beautifully rendered: Wild Dogs is a gem.' - Gillian Slovo

'The spare simplicity of Humphreys’ tale is laced with beautiful imagery' - The Guardian

'More than a touch of early Atwood to this lyrical collage… eerie word music' - The Independent

'A first-rate talent… Humphreys' spare writing is so clear and so insightful.' - The Canada Post, UK

'Gentle one moment before callously ripping your heart out the next' - Montreal Gazette

About the Author

HELEN HUMPHREYS lives in Kingston, Ontario. Her previous novels, Leaving Earth, Afterimage and The Lost Garden, were published in the UK to critical acclaim. Leaving Earth won the City of Toronto Book Award in 1998, and Afterimage won the Rogers/Writers' Trust Award for Best Novel of the Year in 2000.

Publication date for Wild Dogs: 12th October 2005

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