Janice Gary's new book, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, is a beautifully written portrait of two damaged souls and how they lean on one another to heal and find their way back to happiness.
After a brutal rape in her youth, Janice Gary never walked alone without a dog. Her new Lab-Rotweiler pup, Barney, is attacked by a vicious dog and becomes a clone of his attacker; walking with him is impossible. However, Gary risks taking him to a public park near the Chesapeake Bay; and over the course of their walks, the leash of the past begins to unravel for both Gary and her canine companion.
Janice Gary has an MFA in creative writing from Goucher College and is a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Short Leash has won two Silver Nautilus Awards, one for memoir and one for animals/nature and has been shortlisted for the Grand Prize for the Eric Hoffer Award.