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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katie Crouch Narrator: Gabra Zackman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781607881841
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In April of 1985, Buzz Legare went fishing. The next day all that was found was his boat —and his waiting, faithful dog.

Twenty years later, his daughter Hannah still finds hope in believing, alone among her family, that he’s still alive somewhere. She has a smart husband, a thriving business, a beautiful home in San Francisco—and a huge hole in her troubled heart. True to her trademark talent for self-sabotage, she finds herself climbing up the fire escape in a desperate (and drunken) attempt to win back her own husband—and failing disastrously.

Slightly worse for the wear, Hannah returns to Charleston to salve her wounds. There, old loves, unrepented crimes, and family legends are stirred up from the dust. Hannah’s brother, the stoic with a secret of his own, cannot dissuade her from a manic search to uncover clues to the past—and they will both face shocking discoveries that lead them to reconcile their very different notions of loyalty and faith.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delicate and subtle novel.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A compelling family drama...with...dark humor tossed in at unexpected moments.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Prepare to have your heart broken while laughing out loud at this breathtaking, scathingly sardonic novel.”

    People

  • “[An] accomplished sophomore novel...her dialogue is snappy, the situations darkly funny...and there’s...enough mystery to keep the pages turning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hearing the innermost thoughts of a misguided character can be even more unsettling than reading them on the page—especially when the narrator’s performance is so convincing. Gabra Zackman portrays the irresponsible, self-destructive character of Hannah Legare with a calm, quiet vulnerability that makes the listener think that perhaps her story is worth hearing...Zackman slips between the characters effortlessly, depicting each one with sensitivity and grace.”

    AudioFile

  • “As in her bestselling Girls in Trucks, [Crouch] writes with a dark, twisty, but approachable Southern charm.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/17/2014

    " In this novel, Hannah's marriage is falling apart. She is a cheater! And she is obsessed with the disappearence of her father when she was a child, convinced he is alive and somewhere out there. When she falls and injures herself, she goes back to her childhood home to rest up, and seek answers. The characters in this book as well developed and flawed, but they are likable for the most part. My biggest complaint about this book was the ending, which I will not say any more about! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 2/10/2014

    " Quick read. Not too exciting. Anticlimactic ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Pinder | 1/27/2014

    " I hoped that Hannah would come to some all-telling, eye-opening conclusion about the mysterious death/disappearance of her father. I also wanted Warren and Hannah to rekindle their relationship. Alternate endings aside, this was a good read. I enjoyed Crouch's down-to-earth sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol MacInnis | 1/25/2014

    " Katie Crouch's story "Men and Dogs" is about an eleven year old girl whose father took his dog out on the water to go fishing and never returned. Although he was an excellent swimmer, the police called it a drowning. This never sat well for daughter, Hannah. Her brother, Palmer, blamed himself for his father's drowning as he believed his father saw him kissing another boy. Mother, Daisy married a wealthy man within a year of losing her first husband. The copious amount of questions that haunted Hannah would play a significant role in her everyday life. She would turn to alcohol and promiscuity, which in turn ended her marriage to Jon, a man she truly loved and couldn't explain her behaviour to. A poignant story, but certainly one that kept me wanting to read page after page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronya | 1/24/2014

    " This book started out as a mystery, but it's really all about the lies we tell ourselves, the mysteries we perpetuate because we need them. Sometimes those lies keep us going; other times they make us hate the world; sometimes there's nothing you can do about them. Crouch includes all three points of view, and more, in her novel about a woman who comes home to South Carolina after wrecking her marriage. Every character is self-absorbed, for reasons to be discovered by the reader. But every one finds closure--the best scene involving the protagonist's gay brother. Otherwise, I find I don't care about this book much at all. Too much angst, not enough payoff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 1/14/2014

    " The book was fast-paced and interesting all the way until the end. The author had many twists and surprises in the plot, but I was really disappointed that the ending wasn't more clever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kara | 1/11/2014

    " Disappointing. I realize this wasn't meant to be a mystery story, where all the loose ends are tied in a bow at the end. However, if you are writing an emotional drama type book, you might want to put in a likeable character. My main problem with this book is that I just couldn't root for Hannah. I sort of hope that balcony finishes her off this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Amedio | 1/10/2014

    " The book started out really slow and didn't get my attention until much later in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsi | 12/28/2013

    " Picked this one up on bargain table at B&N and was pleasantly surprised at what a good read it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanny | 12/21/2013

    " This was my first book by this author and I liked her writing style. Although I couldn't really relate to the characters of the story, I found them quirky and amusing. I'm looking forward to reading her first novel, Girls and Trucks. Plus, I like the book titles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Smith | 12/17/2013

    " One of the worst books I have read in a long time. I can't believe I even took the time to finish it-SO STUPID!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/21/2013

    " Not to bad of a story. It really did keep my interest. I would say worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 9/19/2013

    " Although there were some redeeming parts of the book, it certainly wasn't the characters, the language and the sex level. Just not for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 7/22/2013

    " Enjoyed this. About searching for more when maybe you have all you need. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anya | 7/20/2013

    " I did not like the book. It was too "easy" for my mind. Would not recommend it to a friend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Stacy | 5/16/2013

    " The story was excellent and kept me engaged, but the ending left me wondering and wanting for answers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 11/15/2012

    " really 2.5 stars. it got better as it went on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy Jeffcoat | 6/1/2012

    " A "chick" book...fast read. I read it in one afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Jacobson | 5/10/2012

    " I kinda felt that this book could have just as well been called "first world problems"... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/8/2012

    " I love this book!!! The main character is very "Chelsea Handler".....very disturbed and funny. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 7/16/2011

    " It was okay. Short easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 5/22/2011

    " Very fast read - easy to follow. Story okay - ending a little unsatisfying... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 5/20/2011

    " The mystery of Hannah's father's disappearance was enough to keep me interested through the whole book, but ultimately it didn't really go anywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 5/16/2011

    " I hoped that Hannah would come to some all-telling, eye-opening conclusion about the mysterious death/disappearance of her father. I also wanted Warren and Hannah to rekindle their relationship. Alternate endings aside, this was a good read. I enjoyed Crouch's down-to-earth sense of humor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bank | 5/1/2011

    " I loved the title and the setting in Charleston .
    Lots of good ingredients but the author could not pull it off . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 4/16/2011

    " I found it hard to connect with the main character. She was flawed and dysfunctional, but I couldn't really find something about her that made me care much. I also didn't care for the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/2/2011

    " really enjoyed this. loved hannah and palmer. will try to find her other book, girls in trucks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/13/2011

    " Couldn't get through the whole book. I had a hard time connecting with the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2011

    " A bit unbelievable...how can one fall 3 stories and not be seriously hurt? A bit too much drama and not enough substance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamye | 1/23/2011

    " Sort of an odd book but an easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Katie Crouch

Katie Crouch was raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Though she trained with friends as a debutante, she never made it to the ball. She is the author of the bestselling books Girls in Trucks and Men and Dogs, and she has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, Glamour, and McSweeney’s. She splits her time between San Francisco and Edisto Island, South Carolina.

About the Narrator

Gabra Zackman is an actress and narrator who has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. She was educated at Northwestern University and performed at many venues in Chicago before touring the country with Boston Chamber Theatre. She has been seen on television in Law & Order.