“Boylan’s gorgeously crafted homage to our unconditional love of dogs turns out to be much less of a paeon to her constant canine companions, and much more of a journey through her own psyche and the moral needle of the world we live in.” (Jodi Picoult, number one NYT best-selling author of A Spark of Light)
From best-selling author of She’s Not There, New York Times opinion columnist, and human rights activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs, a memoir of the transformative power of loving dogs.
This is a book about dogs: the love we have for them, and the way that love helps us understand the people we have been.
It’s in the love of dogs, and my love for them, that I can best now take the measure of the child I once was, and the bottomless, unfathomable desires that once haunted me.
There are times when it is hard for me to fully remember that love, which was once so fragile, and so fierce. Sometimes it seems to fade before me, like breath on a mirror.
But I remember the dogs.
In her New York Times opinion column, Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote about her relationship with her beloved dog Indigo, and her wise, funny, heartbreaking piece went viral. In Good Boy, Boylan explores what should be the simplest topic in the world, but never is: finding and giving love.
Good Boy is a universal account of a remarkable story: showing how a young boy became a middle-aged woman – accompanied at seven crucial moments of growth and transformation by seven memorable dogs. “Everything I know about love,” she writes, “I learned from dogs.” Their love enables us pull off what seem like impossible feats: to find our way home when we are lost, to live our lives with humor and courage, and above all, to best become our true selves.
Praise for Good Boy:
“Good Boy is a warm, funny, instantly engaging testament to the power of love – canine and human – to ease us through life’s radical transitions. And I say that as a cat person!” (Jennifer Egan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and Manhattan Beach)
“Beautiful, tender, and utterly engaging, Good Boy measures out Boylan’s life in dog years. The result is a gorgeous memoir, full of heart and insight.” (Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book)
“They say a dog is man’s best friend…but what about a trans woman? Boylan’s gorgeously crafted homage to our unconditional love of dogs turns out to be much less of a paean to her constant canine companions, and much more of a journey through her own psyche and the moral needle of the world we live in. What do we keep, even as we lose pieces of ourselves? The dog at your feet while you’re reading already knows the answer.” (Jodi Picoult, number one NYT best-selling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things)
“Jenny Boylan has given us a story full of humor, earned wisdom, and large doses of unconditional love. Beautifully written, wise, and funny, Good Boy is a gift to us all – but especially the dog lovers.” (Jami Attenberg, author of All This Could Be Yours)