Stanley and Sophie

Kate Jennings (Author)

Product Details

Scribner Book Company
Publish Date
August 04, 2009
5.44 X 0.51 X 8.36 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Kate Jennings was a student at the University of Sydney in the sixties where she began her career as a poet, essay- ist, and fiction-writer. In 1979 she moved to New York and later became an executive speechwriter for The Wall Street Journal. She has written for Self, Allure, New Woman, and many other magazines. The author of Snake, Women Falling Down in the Street, and Moral Hazard, she lives in New York Cit


The canine psychodrama between Stanley and Sophie makes Britney and Kevin look calm and well-adjusted. As for Chico and Cheeky, the monkeys in this star-crossed story, they're the Heathcliff and Cathy of Bali. The book itself? Positively Proustian. -- Simon Doonan, author of Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fabulous You
I devoured this book. Kate Jennings has written a frank and eloquent memoir about her most private and public concerns. This is the story of two terriers who inadvertently mend the author's broken heart. They also change the way she views all living creatures. Jennings travels the world making connections between our pampered pets, pariah dogs, and two charming pigtailed macaques rescued from an Indonesian market. Insights into the myriad ways that animals sustain us spill out of this book. Jennings takes no prisoners. She will make you laugh, cry, and run out to get your own dog a big bone. -- Elizabeth Hess, author of Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
Kate Jennings has brought all her human complexity into her feelings for two border terriers. There's nothing sentimental about this wondrous book -- just unsparing truth, a trained eye for detail, and a beautifully clean style. This small book takes us from the East Side of Manhattan to the author's native Australia and on to Bali, but it also ferries us from grief to love to loss and back again to a dual sense of love and loss. -- Edmund White, author of Hotel de Dream: A New York Novel
Stanley and Sophie is a moving account of how we love and how we mourn: 'the fishhooks in the heart.' -- Michelle de Kretser, Melbourne Age
She is witty and uncompromising in her portrayal of New York's canines and their owners. -- The Sydney Morning Herald
As a memoirist, Jennings is a natural...For border terrier fans and owners...this book will be an unmitigated delight. -- Australian Book Review