“Jen Michalski’s second novel is an intense emotional commitment, but a worthwhile one.” – Ploughshares

“Jen is an astonishingly sensitive writer.” – HTML Giant

“Jen Michalski excels in subtlety that is made possible by her nuanced understanding of voice.” – The Rumpus

“Jen is a writerly heavyweight.” – Nate Brown, American Short Fiction

“We’re lucky to have Michalski before the rest of the world discovers her. But they will.” – Baltimore City Paper

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The Pitter Patter of Big Paws

My neighbor up the street, whose dog Hoover (Shirley's friend) died suddenly of stomach cancer a few months ago, adopted another dog from a rescue. She's a gentle Rhodesian/Mastiff mix, and my entire hand fits on her head with room to spare. I don't know if this is my sign from Shirley, but I'm happy that my neighbor has a new cold nose in her life. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da. All that.