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The Dogs of Babel
by Carolyn Parkhurst

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"Anyone who knows me more than 15 minutes knows I have a dog. As an enthusiastic dog-lover, I get some laughs and some strange looks. In Dogs of Babel, Paul relies on his dog to tell him how his wife died. It's an oddly heartwarming story."
Karen Riley, District Manager
In Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth about his wife's death, he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate.
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Overview
What We're Reading Now:
"Anyone who knows me more than 15 minutes knows I have a dog. As an enthusiastic dog-lover, I get some laughs and some strange looks. In Dogs of Babel, Paul relies on his dog to tell him how his wife died. It's an oddly heartwarming story."
Karen Riley, District Manager
In Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth about his wife's death, he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Could she really give him the answers he is looking for?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316778503
  • ISBN-10: 0316778508
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • Publish Date: June 2004
  • Page Count: 264


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The Dogs of Babel

When his wife Lexy falls from a tree and dies, linguistics professor Paul Iverson is determined to find out exactly what happened. Was the tragedy an accident or suicide? The family dog, Lorelei, witnessed the fall, and Paul tries to teach the animal to talk so that he can find out what really occurred on that fateful day. Parkhurst skillfully presents Paul's story in brief chapters, alternating between his attempts to teach Lorelei to speak and memories of his relationship with the beautiful, impulsive Lexy, an artist who made masks. The book has moments of old-fashioned romance, but it's also disturbing. Parkhurst's depiction of a secret group of scientists who conduct illegal experiments on dogs is chilling. Unforgettable and original, this one-of-a-kind debut was a Today show Book Club selection. A reading group guide is available online at www.twbookmark.com.

 
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