By Allie Larkin
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452297128, 311pp.)

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.

About the Author
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and their two German Shepherds. She is the cofounder of, a Web site dedicated to helping readers take simple steps toward going green. Stay is her first novel.
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