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Dog Years

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Dog Years

By Melissa Yancy

University of Pittsburgh Press, Hardcover, 9780822944676, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 5, 2016

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Winner of the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Winner of the 2017 California Book Awards,
first fiction category

Many of these richly layered stories juxtapose the miracles of modern medicine against the inescapable frustrations of everyday life: awkward first dates, the indignities of air travel, and overwhelming megastore cereal aisles. In "Go Forth," an aging couple attends a kidney transplant reunion, where donors and recipients collide with unexpected results; in "Hounds," a woman who runs a facial reconstruction program for veterans nurses her dying dog while recounting the ways she has used sex as both a weapon and a salve; and in "Consider This Case," a lonely fetal surgeon caring for his aesthete father must reconsider sexuality and the lengths people will go to have children.
Melissa Yancy's personal experience in the milieus of hospitals, medicine, and family services infuse her narratives with a rare texture and gravity. Keenly observant, offering both sharp humor and humanity, these stories explore the ties that bind--both genetic and otherwise--and the fine line between the mundane and the maudlin. Whether the men or women that populate these pages are contending with illness, death, or parenthood, the real focus is on time and our inability to slow its progression, reminding us to revel in those moments we can control.


About the Author
Melissa Yancy's short fiction has appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, Zyzzyva, and other publications. She is the recipient of a 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship. Stories from Dog Years have won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open, The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize, and received special mention in the Pushcart Prize. Yancy lives in Los Angeles where she works as a fundraiser for healthcare causes.
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