The Dog Doesn’t Die

Book reviews & random thoughts

Does the Dog Die? A Brief Review of The Wonder Spot, by Melissa Bank

Melissa Bank’s bestseller, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, took the form of linked short stories. The Wonder Spot does the same, although it seems more cohesive than its predecessor. In any case, Bank (not Banks, as I’ve seen in a few places) has another hit with this book about Sophie, a woman would follow her heart if only she could sense where it was going.

This is not a happy book, although it’s terrifically funny in spots. Sophie has a serious lack of direction and is always just falling short. She falls a lot — into relationships, into jobs, into friendships, even into housing — which leads to disappointment and, occasionally, discovery. Yet she keeps plugging away, ever in search of something in the hope that she’ll know it once she has it, whether “it” be a forever friend, true love, or a career. At times, her process-of-elimination life can be frustrating to the reader, but it’s never boring. So I do recommend this book.

As for animals, there’s Albert, the family poodle of her early adolescence, as well as a few other dogs, none of which come to harm. So I am declaring this book SAFE for animal lovers. As an aside, if you’ve ever been frustrated by a neighbor’s barking dog, there is a great bit of free verse on that topic toward the end of the book. It’s worth checking out.

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December 3, 2008 - Posted by | Book Reviews | , , , , ,

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