“This is one of those rare books that reads you more than you read it. It’s a family story, a pet story, a spiritual journey. It’s almost a novel, except that it’s ‘true.’ It’s kind-hearted, crazy, and moving. I found myself laughing. I found myself with tears to wipe away. Mostly, I gasped: the prose is so beautiful, with word-clusters that lodge in the memory. An accomplished piece of storytelling by one of the best younger writers in this country.” —Jay Parini, author of Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal
PAULS TOUTONGHI is a first-generation American. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, and he has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta, Tin House,and numerous other periodicals. He lives in Oregon, where he teaches at Lewis & Clark College.