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Tekijän teokset

The Portable Veblen (2016) 612 kappaletta
The Dog of the North (2023) 127 kappaletta
Stop That Girl: Fiction (2005) 71 kappaletta
MacGregor Tells the World (2007) 29 kappaletta
My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa (2012) — Toimittaja — 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 (2002) — Avustaja — 597 kappaletta
Santa Cruz Noir (2018) — Avustaja — 37 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Santa Cruz, California, USA



Having read her new book I went looking for this older one and what a treat! McKenzie has an incredible imagination and this story just goes on and on and round and round in amazing circles with two families .... and....a squirrel!!! Her descriptions are so full of exactly what you are able to put into your head in pictures.
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nyiper | 38 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 21, 2024 |
I loved this book....I just want it to keep on going so we see what happens, maybe, with Penny!! Wonderful characters, incredible adventures and happenings....every page was a new surprise. Penny is just a delightful speaker telling this amazing story about everything going on in her life. Definitely fun to read!!
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nyiper | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |
fiction, families, Australia, California
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Pennydart | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 7, 2023 |
Well that book is stuffed full of quirky characters.

First is Penny, somewhere on the spectrum, finding social situations awkward but also has experienced situations where animals have talked to her, specifically a fish. This was as she floated out to see when she rescued a 'grunion' who turned out to be a 'false grunion' but who she felt was a friend that she could talk to. Fortunately, she was rescued by a ship.

There is Burt Lampey, her grandmother's accountant who wears a toupee that he eventually ditches and gives to his dog to make a nest in. He is very ill but provides Penny with a campervan to stay in whilst she is visiting him and her grandmother. He sees himself as a ladies man and lives in his office. His dog is called Kweecoats although on his collar tag it says Quixote.

Her grandmother must be the most peculiar with dead bodies in the shed and other places around her house. A house so filthy that the cleaning agency who are called in to clean it whilst she is in hospital find 29 dead rats but can't find the gun that she brandished at the meals-on-wheels people. She is Dr Pincer and has a little dementia which can show itself in furious criticising of people and then completely forgetting it happened. I wonder how many grandmothers have stabbed their granddaughters in the leg with a brooch that had rat or mouse pee on it?

The story is told from Penny's point of view, where she has left her job, her soon to be ex-hsband and answered a call to come and help her grandmother but ends up having adventures with travel to try and find her missing parents along with Arlo her grandfather (divorced from Pincer but remarried). There are meals with other people, experiments, visiting family, people becoming ill or arrested whilst Penny works out some of her childhood trauma. She does not fit in but McKenzie shows us that we are all a bit flawed - what is normal, after all?

As this is a quest story with very few wise people to help Penny on her way, it is remarkable that at the end she finds her way through the chaos to hope with family and love and healing the outcome.

I imagine that this book is named after The Dog of the South by Ray Midge. I haven't read it but it is said to be an eventful trip to South America to retrieve his stolen Ford Torino and possibly win his wife back again. There are definite parallels between the books.

This is a funny book with Penny's interior world guiding us through.
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allthegoodbooks | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 21, 2023 |



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