wild dogs - a novel by helen humphreys

wild dogs   (2004)

  • winner of the 2005 lambda award for fiction
  • one of now magazine's top 10 books of 2004
  • produced as a stage play at canstage in 2008
  • optioned for film

each evening at dusk, six people gather at the edge of the woods, calling their dogs to come back to them � dogs that have turned wild and vanished from their lives. drawn together by need, the group forms their own small community—until violence strikes unexpectedly, forcing them to explore what they really mean to one another.

reminiscent of faulkner's as i lay dying… humphreys has a wonderful ability to articulate emotional truths."
the globe and mail
"there's heat aplenty in helen humphreys' fourth novel, wild dogs… a powerful, appealing story."
"humphreys maintains the same spare, unflinching honesty throughout, whether writing from the perspective of a brilliantly stoic scientist or a brain-damaged young girl. wild dogs isn't for the fragile of heart, but its brutal perspective on love and loss will haunt you for days."
entertainment weekly
"this evocative, unpredictable, and frightening story poetically parses the meaning of wildness… versatile and nervy canadian novelist humphreys… delves into the deepest mysteries of existence with empathy, imagination and an earthy and thrilling lyricism."
booklist (starred review)
"stays with you long after the telling of it is over… gentle one moment before callously ripping your heart out the next."
the gazette (montreal)
"mysterious, poetic, suspenseful, heartbreaking: magnificent fiction that evokes the complex connection between humans and the natural world…"
kirkus review (starred review)

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