Dog Training the American Male: A Novel
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: November 2016
Duration: 7 hours 40 minutes
Meet Dr. Nancy Beach, a relationship counselor who hosts a local radio show called Love's a Beach. One problem: the relationship guru can't seem to make her own relationships work, sending her credibility and ratings into the toilet.
Meet Jacob Cope, a walking thesaurus of phobias, a Lehman Brothers casualty who's lost his job and swagger and now yearns to be a ventriloquist.
When Nancy and Jacob are set up on a blind date and hit it off, their siblings, desperate to be rid of them, encourage the young couple to move in together. When the honeymoon stage abruptly ends, Jacob attempts to mend the fence by adopting a dog, a big dog, and Nancy flips out-until she realizes the dog trainer's techniques can be used to housebreak Jacob and save her radio career.
"The book is funny in the best way: the humor propels the action rather than pausing it...and the prose flows like a jocular babbling brook. More impressively, the central characters transcend their stock roles and grow into legitimately compelling subjects. Incident by unlikely incident, we are pulled deeper into their lives until it is their fates (not merely their quips) that keep us turning the pages."-Kirkus Reviews