How to Bury Your Dog
An absorbing, restorative tale of community and nature.—Kirkus Reviews
A timely and captivating environmental drama novel, How to Bury Your Dog, couldn’t be more relevant to our current times—Readers Favorite
Lizzy has been leading an insulated life: she tends her adopted strays and goes to work at the blood lab, but she has forsaken lifelong pastimes and declines invitations from old friends. On the day she buries Happy, the abandoned basset hound she adopted years before, she learns a real estate developer is threatening the heart of her rural community—a tranquil pond and a relict stand of hemlocks. For Lizzy this is a magical place, hidden from the modern world.
Coaxed by an old friend to join a group fighting the development, Lizzy is reluctant—she wants to avoid both hope and him. But she realizes she can no longer keep the outside world at bay. As the battle over the development unfolds, and the dynamics among Lizzy’s remaining pets shift, she opens herself to two young neighbors who share her love of the natural environment—an awkward sixteen-year-old and an inquisitive ten-year-old. And as Happy’s elements return to the earth, buried memories find their way to the surface in increasingly curious ways.
Readers seeking a story about connections between individuals, communities, and the forces of special interest that challenge them will find How to Bury Your Dog an outstanding story of transformation.— D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
How to Bury Your Dog weaves a quintessentially American story about our human connection to the land, the critters we love, and the people who complicate our lives – for better or worse. Rich with authentic characters and lovely descriptions of the natural world, Eva Silverfine’s big-hearted novel deftly tackles complex issues such as homeowners’ rights versus the collective good, and our instinctive desire to protect the garden that sustains us. —Ginger Pinholster, author of City in a Forest
With gorgeous prose and vivid description, Eva Silverfine reminds us of all that the Earth offers if we choose to listen. —Christina Consolino, author of Rewrite the Stars
A charming debut novel about the loss of our natural landscapes and the footprints we leave, as well as the tender memories we carry with us as we go forward. —Linda Rosen, author of Sisters of the Vine
A heartwarming tale of ordinary people who care about the environment. —Carolyn Geduld, author of Who Shall Live
Elastic Walls: From Brooklyn to Texas and Points in Between
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“Seemingly fixed, the walls of a house are really elastic, accommodating all sorts of things inside.” This collection of essays, a memoir-in-vignettes, travels across time and place, reflecting on homes, family, relationships, pursuits, religion, and loss. From a childhood living above her parents’ hardware store in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in the 1960s; to an adolescence in the beach community of Rockaway, where the shifting sands mirrored her mother’s departure; to a young adulthood studying science until she remembered earlier aspirations of being a writer; to a parenthood raising two sons one mile down a gravel road in the Hill Country of Central Texas, Eva Silverfine explores that which is enduring among life’s impermanent experiences.