And a Dog Called Fig: Solitude, Connection, the Writing Life


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$18.00  $16.74
Picador USA
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4.57 X 7.17 X 0.79 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Helen Humphreys is an acclaimed, award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work includes the novels The Evening Chorus, Coventry, and Afterimage, and the nonfiction books The Ghost Orchard and The Frozen Thames. She has won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Toronto Book Award, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and CBC Radio's Canada Reads.


"A loveable whirlwind with very sharp teeth, Fig shatters Humphrey's tranquility but prompts this wise meditation on why dogs make ideal companions for writers."

"A closely observed portrait of dogs and a meditation on the ways they can enrich humans' lives."
--Sarah Watling, Air Mail

"A warm, writerly homage to the consolation of dogs."
--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] tender tribute . . . Dog lovers will find this a treat."
--Publishers Weekly

"It's not often that a book inspires as much as it entertains, but somehow I felt like a better person after reading And a Dog Called Fig. It's a meditation on solitude, writing, and our connection with dogs. It's a rich, sumptuous, and brilliant book, and we are all lucky to have it."
--Patricia B. McConnell, author of The Education of Will

"Helen Humphreys is original and observant about being with dogs, and being with oneself. Her textured, bighearted book is a great pleasure."
--Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion

"I read this book with a knowing smile; Helen Humphreys explores the troubles and rewards of animal companionship with great tenderness and insight."
--Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither

"Dogs are known to be a source of great comfort, and reading about dogs proves the same. In these tumultuous times, this might be just the book you've been looking for: part memoir, part meditation, thoughtful, lyrical, and completely wonderful. Long live Fig!"
--Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves