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By Allie Larkin
“A feel good debut novel…”
“Stay has everything…humor, heart—and, endearingly, buckets of dog slobber.”
“Larkin debuts with a funny and touching story about love, loss, and dog ownership.”
“Gilmore Girls meets Marley & Me in this funny and compelling debut.”
There are many ways to get over heartbreak—Ben & Jerry’s and marathon episodes of reality TV are common survival tools—but buying a hundred-pound dog over the Internet surely isn’t one of them. In her debut novel STAY (New in paperback July 26, 2010); Allie Larkin proves that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.
Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke ever since she literally fell head over heels in front of him on the first day of class. Now, six years later, instead of standing across from him at the altar, she’s standing behind her best friend Janie, as Maid of Honor, trying to mask her heartache and guilt as Janie marries the man of Van’s dreams. Before her mother passed away from cancer, she told Van never to let Peter go, but as Van watches the couple exchange vows, she knows that her fairy tale ending was never meant to be. After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid–vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin and does what too many seems absurd: She buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.
Together, Van and her new companion, Joe—a clumsy, slobbering hundred-pound beast that only responds to commands in Slovak—begin to mend the pieces of her shattered heart and get her life back on track. And it doesn’t hurt that Joe’s vet is a rugged sweetheart with floppy blond hair and a winning smile, who brings soup when she’s sick and always holds the door open for her. But, when Peter gets back from his honeymoon, Van is forced to come to terms with her new and old feelings in a decision that affects all the people she’s ever loved.
Warm and witty, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, STAY is a big-hearted, unforgettable debut about friendship, love, and a German Shepherd named Joe.
Plume / in paperback July 26, 2011 / $15.00 / ISBN: 978-0-452-29712-8
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella. STAY is her first novel. Please visit her website www.allielarkinwrites.com
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