By Lewis Robinson
Lewis Robinson's seriously acclaimed tale assortment Officer pleasant used to be defined by way of the San Francisco Chronicle as "eleven letter-perfect tales with the willing knowing of human nature readers anticipate finding in works via veterans like Alice Munro." Now Robinson has written Water Dogs, a suspenseful, disquieting, and compulsively readable first novel that takes an unforgettable examine the fragile patchwork of a family.
Bennie understands that the main points of his lifestyles don't express good. A twenty-seven-year-old university dropout with stalled goals, he works at an animal take care of and lives together with his bullheaded older brother, Littlefield, of their previous relations domestic on Meadow Island, Maine, a home that has fallen into disrepair because their father's premature demise numerous years earlier.
When a big snowfall hits the country one Saturday afternoon, Bennie, Littlefield, and a group of roughneck war-game lovers choose to play paintball on the neighborhood granite quarry. Bennie by chance falls right into a gully, touchdown within the clinic, and wonders if his lifestyles can get any worse. but if one of many avid gamers disappears in the course of the hurricane and Littlefield turns into the most suspect within the disappearance, Bennie realizes that the sport may have had a lot larger stakes. Then Littlefield takes to the air with out a be aware of rationalization, forcing Bennie to noticeably query his loyalty to his enigmatic brother. With the information of his intrepid female friend, Helen, and his dual sister, Gwen, Bennie is going trying to find solutions, embarking on a trip that brings him toward a fact he would possibly not are looking to observe. What he reveals will swap his family members and his lifestyles forever.
Written in prose as arresting and spare because the novel's rural Maine surroundings, Lewis Robinson's Water Dogs is a wonder of contemporary fiction, a booklet wealthy in empathy that follows one man's direction in the course of the uncertainties of teen and loss towards self-discovery.
From the Hardcover edition.