Origami Dogs

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Origami Dogs

US List Price: $17.95

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Also available as e-book.

About the Book

Noley Reid’s fourth book, Origami Dogs, is a testament to her mastery of the form. Here, dogs rove the grounds of their companions’ emotions. The creatures in this short story collection often act subtly, serving as witnesses without language, exacerbating tension and providing relief to the human characters. Sometimes they are central to the stories’ plots, such as in the lead story, “Origami Dogs,” which focuses on Iris Garr, a dog breeder’s teenage daughter, as she begins noticing odd birth defects in new litters and realizes she must confront her mother, whom she loves yet cannot help but resent. In some stories, teens struggle toward womanhood or wrestle with sexuality and queerness, confronting parents who are unable to provide the care or support they need. In other stories, Reid’s characters are adults striving to be better spouses, parents, or both, and are often grappling with life-changing events—like a new disability or the loss of a child. Despite the gravitas of these tragedies, with Reid’s touch, they feel alive, present, and painfully close. Reid brings us to her characters in the fierce damp aftermath of calamity and asks us to dwell with them until new possibilities arrive.

At these tipping points, the characters of Origami Dogs stand ready with their dogs (or memories of them), to take the next step. By turns tender, moving, and devastating, this story collection is a celebration of the bond of devotion possible between humans and dogs, and it presents an intimate rendering of the lives we share.


Praise for Origami Dogs

Listed in the Independent Book Review‘s “30 Indie Books to Look Out for in Early 2023

Origami Dogs folded my mind into a quivering heart. Within its pages, Noley Reid captures contemporary society’s terrible turbulence and grace-filled consolations like no one else. To borrow from one of Reid’s own gems, these fierce stories are the bubbling, fiery, terrifying, gorgeous “innards of a volcano.”
—Ethel Rohan, author of In the Event of Contact

Noley Reid is the author of the novels Pretend We Are Lovely and In the Breeze of Passing Things and the short story collection So There! Her stories and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Rumpus, Arts & Letters, Meridian, Pithead Chapel, The Lily, Bustle, Confrontation, and Los Angeles Review of Books. Reid holds an MFA from George Mason University. She taught creative writing for 18 years in […]

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