The Dogs Of Littlefield, Suzanne Berne

The Dogs Of Littlefield opening line: No one was very surprised when the signs began appearing in Baldwin Park.

The Dogs Of Littlefield
The Dogs Of Littlefield

This has to be one of the most frustrating books I have ever read. It is set in a little village somewhere in Massachusetts where there are more psychologists than necessary. And why this is so is never dealt with. The main character in this book is Margaret Downing who is experiencing problems in her marriage and decides to have an affair with a local author. The inhabitants of Littlefield are under scrutiny from Dr. Clarice Watkins who has decided to study this community, rather than deal with her unrequited love for a married man.

I expect a good novel to end with maybe one or two things left unsaid for my imagination to ponder. But in this book chapter and paragraphs end off with many things left unsaid, that are then never answered. I do not want to guess if the stones represent lost children, or if the dead dogs are a metaphor for possibilities lost. I would not recommend that you rush out and buy this book which is described on the back as being darkly comic.

The Dogs Of Littlefield

Littlefield, Massachusetts: home to psychologists, college professors and their over-achieving children, and recently lauded as one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America. If happiness had a home it would be here.Then the first dog is poisoned. At first, there is shock and disbelief: who would commit such a cruel act – and why? As more dogs die, residents notice other signs that something’s not right in their home: the appearance of menacing grafitti, the persistent triggering of fire alarms at the middle school and the haunted looks neighbours begin exchanging.For the Downings, Margaret, Bill and daughter Julia, Littlefield’s gathering darkness hints at flaws in their own lives. What is wrong? What can save them?’Well-observed shrewd satire . . . sharp, funny and painful. Berne takes the domestic and turns it into the majestic’ Sunday Telegraph

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780241962664
Format Paperback
Published August 2014

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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12 thoughts on “The Dogs Of Littlefield, Suzanne Berne

  1. It is so refreshing that you are so honest about how you really felt. Thanks Tandy!
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    1. Thank you for the compliment Cheri! I would hate someone to buy a book I claimed was good and feel that they have wasted their money 🙂

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  2. Urg, I hate it when a book sounds like a winner and then you start reading and realise it’s an absolute time waster. Even more, I hate it when the author writes in such a way that you find yourself getting frustrated with what he/she is trying to say. I stopped reading a book earlier this year because I felt stupid reading it. Like I couldn’t understand what the point the author was trying to make. Grateful for the honest review, I won’t go near this one!
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    1. There can be nothing worse than an author making you feel stupid! What a waste of time 🙂

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  3. Shame it was such a downer! :/

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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    1. It was a shame Uru 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the honest review, Tandy!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read it Squishy 🙂

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  5. It may be that the only thing more irksome than a loose thread is a whole mass of loose ends in one place! You said it so perfectly. I’m pretty sure this book would send me right to the brink, and am highly dubious that any of the overabundant psychologists in Littlefield would do anything to mitigate that condition. Thanks for the heads-up! 😉
    Kathryn

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    1. Thanks for the great comment – your words explain it far better than mine 🙂

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  6. Sounds interesting…dark comedy is one of my favorite genre 🙂 ela

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    1. Then maybe this book is for you Ela 🙂

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