By Allie Larkin
(Plume, Paperback, 9780452297128, 320pp.)
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Girl meets dog in this effervescent "feel-good debut" (People) by the author of Why Can't I Be You
Savannah "Van" Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke since their first day of college. Six years later, Peter is marrying Van's best friend, Janie. Loyal to a fault, Van dons her pumpkin-orange, maid-of- honor gown and stands up for the couple, struggling to hide her true feelings even when she couldn't be more conspicuous. After the wedding, nursing her broken heart with a Rin Tin Tin marathon plus a vodka chaser, Van accidentally orders a German Shepherd puppy over the Internet. When "Joe" turns out to be a hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, Van is at the end of her rope-until she realizes that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and their two German Shepherds. Stay is her first novel. Her second book, Why Can't I Be You, will be released in March 2013.
"Stay has everything ... humor, heart-and, endearingly, buckets of dog slobber."
"Gilmore Girls meets Marley & Me in this funny and compelling debut."
More than 150 writers from 40 events will gather in New York City for PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, April 28 – May 4, 2014.
For its 10th anniversary, the festival celebrates those who have dared to stand ‘on the edge,’ risking their careers, and sometimes their lives, to speak out for their art and beliefs. Join us for a wide range of events, including debates, one-on-one conversations, participatory workshops and performances in venues throughout the city. Use the code PEN14 (use PEN2014 for events at The Public Theater) and receive a 20 percent discount on most events. www.worldvoicesfestival.org