Love Like a Dog

Love Like a Dog This debut novel is a page turning drama about familial devotion Set in contemporary Chicago it is the harrowing story of Dirk a young motherless man starved for his self centered father s approval

  • Title: Love Like a Dog
  • Author: Anne Calcagno
  • ISBN: 9781452834986
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • This debut novel is a page turning drama about familial devotion Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man starved for his self centered father s approval A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey As Dirk s father becomes entangled in criminal activi This debut novel is a page turning drama about familial devotion Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man starved for his self centered father s approval A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey As Dirk s father becomes entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man Calcagno s troubling, evocative, socially conscious, powerful little novel Love Like a Dog, shocks to remind that sometimes from the small dark corners of humanity rise some of the most luminous of bestial graces H G Carrillo author of Loosing My Espanish This is a perfect book about dogs, people and the incredible relationships they develop Love Like A Dog depicts human and animal strength, weakness, loyalty, love, trust all surrounding the beautiful and much misunderstood pit bull terrier It is no wonder people who own pit bulls fall in love for a lifetime Wendy DeCarlo Young Owner, DogObedience Group, LLC Voted Best Trainer, year after year, by the readers of ChicagolandTails

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    1. ‘I started first grade with the house keys on a shoelace around my neck.’Dirk Seward is a young boy living in Chicago with his father, Russ. Dirk’s mother left when he was just three and his world is limited within constraints set by his father. Life changes for Dirk just before he turns eight when his father finds a pit bull puppy abandoned in a grocery store dumpster.‘My gift from the God of Lonely Boys.’Dirk names the ten month old white and black spotted puppy Bull’s Eye, and bec [...]

    2. This book knocked my socks off. It's a very realistic tale of a boy finding his place in the world. Melancholy and poignant, it rings true in so many ways. It is so perfectly paced and so real emotionally speaking that it feels almost like a memoir written by the main character after the fact. I'm always enthralled by stories dealing with dogs, but this goes far beyond a typical "dog" story in terms of development and theme and meaning.The development of Dirk's character is superb. He deals with [...]

    3. Once in a while you'll read a book that you just breeze right on through, something that you can't stop reading because it's so addicting. This is one of those books & I'm honestly surprised that this is only released through CreateSpace, 's self-publishing branch. This is a book that not only deserves to be picked up by a major house but also deserves to be on the bestseller lists.This book was just awesome & I honestly can't say enough great things about it. I'm a sucker for stories wh [...]

    4. This is the first novel by award-winning short-story and travel writer Anne Calcagno – and it's a terrific debut. Derek lives with his father in a house Derek has learned must be kept clean and controlled. One day, his father comes home with a pit-bull pup, astounding Derek – it’s that last thing he would have expected from his distant and practical father. Over the next decade, as the household grows and Derek’s world expands, we see how the intense, unquestioning love a dog offers can [...]

    5. Really enjoyed this book. Sad in places, happy in others but overall a great story. Have passed my book on to a friend.

    6. Dog lovers beware. There are some scenes in this book that are disturbing. However, the book seeks to promote a general awareness of dogs as man's best friend and deliberately juxtaposes the loyalty and joy dogs provide with misappropriated loyalty to greedy, sociopaths who exploit animal characteristics. Characterisation of protagonist, his father and Nellie is excellent and completely credible. Without being didactic, the book attacks all humans that involve themselves in dog fights. Although, [...]

    7. I'm a huge cat lover, and prefer stories of cats or cat characters in fiction, but to my surprise, I actually enjoyed this book. Anyone who finds dog fighting (or any other kind of animal fighting) abhorrent should read this book. It is very dark and gritty at times - just like in real-life crime and dogfighting - but there's also nice character development and some positive events to temper out the negativity associated with crime. This book is a work of fiction, but research has been done so i [...]

    8. This book was really well written. did well with this author. The story is supposed to be about how pit bulls have a bad reputation--and it is that, to a degree--but it's also about the relationship of the boy and his demanding, hard-nosed father. Very intense book, and maybe not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it.

    9. I loved this book. I really enjoyed watching Dirk grow throughout the novel, as his father became a more and more revolting person. It did move a little quickly at times, though. The book touched on relevant issues and I think it will give readers plenty to think about.

    10. I highly recommend this book for anyone FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.

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