Title: Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs
Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Publisher: Celadon Books
ISBN: 978-1-250-26186-1
On Sale Date: 4/21/2020
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and the tearjerking column went viral. Good Boy uses that column as a springboard for a book that is part-memoir and part-exploration of masculinity and femininity, in the context of a man’s, and now a woman’s, best friends.

Boylan writes, “This is a story about boys, and men, and the dogs that bound them, written by a woman in late middle age who remembers that world the way an emigrant might distantly recall the country of her birth. I have been an expatriate for a long time now. But I think about it sometimes–the world of men and dogs, where I was young.”

So begins Good Boy, a universal account of a deeply unique and personal story: a young boy turned young man, turned middle-aged woman’s relationship with her seven beloved dogs over the course of her life, and the identity transformation that took place alongside them. This book asks the questions: What does it mean to be a boy? A man? What is at the heart of the special relationship between boys and men and their dogs?

Good Boy tells the story of Jennifer’s evolution through these roles, and the dogs who stood by her side through it all.

  • Jennifer Finney Boylan Author

    Professor JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN, author of fifteen books, is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her column “Men & Women” appears on the op/ed page of the New York Times on alternate Wednesdays. She serves on the Board of Trustees of PEN America. From 2011 to 2018 she served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and also provided counsel for the TV series Transparent and I Am Cait. Her 2003 memoir, She’s Not There: a Life in Two Genders was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, she is also a nationally known advocate for human rights. She lives in New York City, and in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie. They have a son, Sean and a daughter, Zai.

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