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The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan.. Great for someone who says they never read. Really! Witty, Britty.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"O'Hagan (Be Near Me) conjures canine narrator Maf, short for "Mafia Honey," to introduce readers to a world where dogs' playful manners belie their capacity for philosophy--Maf is a Trotsky fan--cats speak in poetic form, and animals provide a gateway into their owners' thoughts and dreams. A circuitous path leads Maf into the arms of Frank Sinatra just as he's looking for a gift for Marilyn Monroe. With his new owner, the lucky pup has a period of perfect companionship in New York City, attending Sammy Davis Jr. shows, sitting in on analyst appointments, witnessing Sinatra tantrums, and attending literati gatherings where those whose artistic sensibilities run counter to his risk being bitten. Between Maf's ruminations on dog and human nature, his favorite famous dogs, and the best parks in the world, he bemoans Marilyn's decline. O'Hagan's witty novel is packed with allusions, and though Maf gives color and nuance to some historical A-listers, Marilyn, remains unfortunately elusive. This familiar slice of Americana gets a much-needed shaking up from an erudite pooch.."

Publishers Weekly

"With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s biography of Flush, cheeky Andrew O’Hagan channels The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of his Friend Marilyn Monroe.."

Vanity Fair

Author bio: Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1968 and read English at the University of Strathclyde. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and Granta magazine. In his acclaimed first book, The Missing (1995), O'Hagan wrote about his own childhood and told the stories of parents whose children had disappeared. The book was shortlisted for the Esquire Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award, and the McVities Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year award. Part of the book was adapted for radio and television as Calling Bible John and won a BAFTA award. Our Fathers (1999), his first novel, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread First Novel Award. In 2003 Andrew O'Hagan was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. More information can be found here: http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth115

Book Details: General Fiction; 288 pp. Rollicking, gossipy: Kindle/Print editions

Publisher Website: http://www.hmhco.com/

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