The New Yorkers

The New Yorkers

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Canine companions compel their masters to go outside themselves, take part in the community they live in, make friends, and sometimes fall in love, in a novel that revolves around one city block in Manhattan. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
An enchanting comedy of manners (with dogs!) from one of our most treasured writers
 
Cathleen Schine’s brilliantly funny new novel revolves around one city block in Manhattan, a quiet little block near Central Park kept humble by rent control. Living on a street like this in New York with a dog is like living in a tiny village, one that has a rhythm all its own. Dogs bring people together unexpectedly, people who would otherwise never meet. And the dogs act as cupids for the quiet, struggling, sometimes lonely, eccentric people, the old and the young, male and female; the people who live on the block, who are, in their ways, romantics, as all New Yorkers secretly tend to be. Walking her dog, Beatrice, Jody falls under the spell of Everett’s bewitching smile. Everett begins to appreciate his postdivorce life only when he falls in love with Howdy, Polly’s puppy. Polly lives with her brother, George, and wants him to fall in love. George isn’t so much looking for a love life as for life direction, and Howdy leads him right to it. Doris hates the trash on her block, she hates the pee on her SUV’s large tires, and, above all, she hates dogs. That is, until she gets one of her own.
 
In The New Yorkers, as in life, canine companions compel their masters to go outside of themselves, to take part in the community they live in, to make friends, and, sometimes, to fall in love. And Schine returns to what she does best: crafting a compulsively readable, elegantly written novel that seduces in the way we were once seduced by The Love Letter, Schine’s beloved classic.


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Relates the influence that the canine pets in one Manhattan neighborhood have in helping to initiate relationships between the human members of their community.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374221836
0374221839
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHINE
Characteristics: viii, 290 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Schine spins a charming tale of love, friendship, dogs and families in a tiny one-block-long community in the big city. You are in for a treat, a wonderfully urbane and fully human take on modern life.

gracindaisy Oct 20, 2012

In an upper west side neighborhood of NYC, the lives of several dog owners intersect.

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Jennmro
Jun 18, 2011

I was suprised that I liked this book as much as I did because its more introspective than action packed, but it was really a lovely book! The intertwined stories of the characters really kept it interesting and descriptions of the city block and the park were great - really made you feel like you were there. Overall, highly recommended.

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friendship
May 24, 2011

An exquisite book. I read at least 100 books a year and this is one of my favorites.

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