Hot diggity dog! We’re officially in the dog days of summer, aptly named by the Greeks and Romans for the “dog star” Sirius and made famous by Homer’s Iliad: “Sirius rises late in the dark, liquid sky/On summer nights, star of stars.” While we, mortals, may be sweating buckets, I appreciate the seasonal nod to man’s best friend. There’s a longstanding trend of novelists writing canine companions in their fiction. I’m not above the furry fray. Steinbeck had Charley. Patchett has Sparky. I have Gilly, and my novel The Mapmaker’s Children features a dog named Cricket. If you’re looking for an escape from the heat, take an adventurous romp with these delightful hound novels.
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