Title: Good Boy: A Life in Seven Dogs
Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan
Publisher: Celadon Books
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.