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Dogs of Babel, the (2003) [Novel]
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Paul Iverson's life changes in an instant. He returns home one day to find that his wife, Lexy, has died under strange circumstances. The only witness was their dog, Lorelei, whose anguished barking brought help to the scene -- but too late.

In the days and weeks that follow, Paul begins to notice strange "clues" in their home: books rearranged on their shelves, a mysterious phone call, and other suggestions that nothing about Lexy's last afternoon was quite what it seemed. Reeling from grief, Paul is determined to decipher this evidence and unlock the mystery of her death.

But he can't do it alone; he needs Lorelei's help. A linguist by training, Paul embarks on an impossible endeavor: a series of experiments designed to teach Lorelei to communicate what she knows. Perhaps behind her wise and earnest eyes lies the key to what really happened to the woman he loved.

As Paul's investigation leads him in unexpected and even perilous directions, he revisits the pivotal moments of his life with Lexy, the brilliant, enigmatic woman whose sparkling passion for life and dark, troubled past he embraced equally.

Written with a quiet elegance and a profound knowledge of love's hidden places, The Dogs of Babel is a novel of astonishing and lasting power -- a story of marriage, survival, and devotion that lies too deep for words.

Original title: The Dogs of Babel
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesAmateur

Edition #1: Dogs of Babel, the

Dogs of Babel, the (2003)
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Language: English

  • "THE DOGS OF BABEL is the most unique and imaginative book I have read in recent times. Parkhurst is a wonderful writer and her story is daring, tender, and full of surprises as well as wisdom and insight. I simply could not put it down." John Searles
  • "THE DOGS OF BABEL is a strange, beautiful, and very moving novel that asks us to look, in equal measure, at the puzzle that is grief and the puzzle that is love." Elizabeth Graver
  • "THE DOGS OF BABEL -- so luminous, heartbreaking, comic, and daring -- is an astonishing debut. Parkhurst writes of love and loss, and, above all, of what we can and cannot know of one another, with power and deeply carried grace." Richard McCann
  • "A wonderfully original and richly imaginative novel that moves in unpredictable, continuously surprising -- but perfectly reasonable -- directions as it explores the ways that we are all masked from one another, masked even from those we love most. It's a mystery story of the most resonant kind, but it's also a love story and, at its core, about the quest of grief for meaning." Kermit Moyer
  • "A poignant, affecting tale. Parkhurst delivers a remarkable debut in quiet, authoritative prose. ... Highly recommended." Library Journal
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ISBN: 0316168688

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