I read Karen Shanley’s beautiful blog for a long time but somehow I’d never read her book. In researching for the class on dogs I’m teaching at the homeschool co-op, I was tickled to come across Dogs of Dreamtime and immediately started to read it.
Karen is a gifted writer, who has a rare combination of practicality while also making space for life’s mysteries. This book was seamless from start to finish. Never was I looking ahead to see how many more pages, never was I bored reading it. The relationships between Karen and the dogs in the book are intense, and complicated. As a reader you are not only on the edge of your seat, you learn a lot. As a writer, I was all…damn…that’s some good editing! I love how this story is put together!
There are people who like dogs, and there are people who are so deeply connected with dogs it’s otherworldly. Karen does a good job explaining herself as one of the latter in this memoir, even as she navigates some tough situations and choices she’s had to make around her dogs.
I absolutely loved Dogs of Dreamtime. My only regret is not having read it sooner!
Where can I get it. Sounds great.
It should be available everywhere you buy books. It is still pretty young(2005).
I’ll take your word for it. No, seriously, if ANYONE can get me to read a book about dogs, it’s you!
You guys! I swear, you, Carrie, and Jenny are always finding new books for me. Thanks!