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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Molly McNett Narrator: Rebecca Van Volkinburg Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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Molly McNett couples laugh-out-loud dialogue and wry observation reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor with disquieting strains of dashed hope, troubled sexuality, and disillusionment.

The adults in these stories can seem as hapless and helpless as the younger characters. Two neglected daughters use the language of clothes to cope with their parents' divorce and their father's mail-order bride. A young girl's bizarre sexual fantasies help her gain control over the chaos of her family life. A gang of teenagers accuse a farmer of bestiality. A divorced father tries to create a pony-filled world that might appeal to his daughters. In the title story, Mr. Bob, the minister's housesitter, loses a dog but finds someone to believe in. And in Helping, the darkest story in this amazing collection, Ruthie's anger conquers her religious faith when she takes care of a severely disabled child.

We meet McNett's endearing, often foolish characters at a point when their minds are open to manipulation by the people and events around them, and the conclusions they draw are heartbreaking: I am not allowed weakness; life treats people unequally; perhaps there is no God. Yet throughout they find quiet moments of possibility, courage, and a return to faith and comfort.

The book is published by University of Iowa Press.

John Simmons Short Fiction Award

These are stories for people who love stories.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karmen | 11/22/2013

    " The short stories were interesting but a little sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalia | 11/17/2013

    " This short story collection doesn't have a single off-note. Language is lyrical but not showy, and the characters, especially the children, are almost painfully real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 robin | 11/7/2013

    " The cover of this book is absolutely ridiculous/awful/cheesy. However, the short stories are some of the best I've read in YEARS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/28/2013

    " A great collection --not usually a fan of short storys books but this one had me engaged from the first to the last. My favorite was Ozzie the burro and One Dogs Happy, the title story. This book made this one dog happy. Woof! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 9/5/2013

    " Pretty good stories, all well-crafted but lacking that essential zing of greatness. The cover is fucking horrendous, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 8/8/2013

    " I'm not a short story fan but these were just weird enough to make me continue reading them. The subject matter of most of the stories was dark and sometimes creepy--certainly not what I expected when I saw the picture of the cute little puppy on the cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 12/11/2012

    " some great short stories--loved bactine, catalog sales, and ozzie the burro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/25/2012

    " this book is full of a bunch of well written but bizzare short stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 9/24/2012

    " This was a GREAT book of short stories. It's not, as the cover might lead you to think, a book about dog stories. I found McNett's writing compelling, engaging, and sometimes heartbreaking. You can tell why she won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Each story was different but each one really was "wow." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeene | 6/23/2012

    " A friend suggested I read some short stories for a change and of course this one caught my eye because of the dog on the cover....it was just ok for me "

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