The Dog - Joseph O'Neill

The protagonist of Joseph O’Neill’s very funny and smart fourth novel is an anonymous Everyman, though he often considers himself The Dog (Pantheon, $25.95) in the proverbial doghouse. His relationship with a fellow New York lawyer having concluded (despite its “being sanctioned by work”; the pair took their files to bed with them) the man moves to Dubai, which is both “Abracadabrapolis” and the “land of glitches.” There he drives an Autobiography, frequents a growing chain of Unique spas, and waits for a giant hole to sprout the next Astrominium. Employed by a pair of Lebanese brothers, he takes on a boss’s son as an intern and mentors the overweight boy in Sudoku. Yes, this is the stuff of satire—but O’Neill’s humor comes without fanfare. It takes the reader by surprise, just as the protagonist gets caught up in a transatlantic white-knuckle episode—realizing only later that the date is April 1. As accomplished and observant as his Netherland was about the post-9/11 world, this is fiction that’s so absurd it’s utterly realistic.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780307378231
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 9th, 2014

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780307472946
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015