by Michelle Herman
Jill Rosen is a college professor whose career is stuck and who is living in a midwestern town, far from her home in NYC, where she hasn’t lived for ten years. She is alone, having no close family and having sworn off men after a series of failed relationships. Then one night in a somewhat drunken state, she decides to search adoptions on the web, thinking she should have a child, but all the hits come up for dog adoptions, so she adopts a dog. She renames Dog (the man fostering him doesn’t like to get attached) Phillip, then Phil, only later realizing that this is the name of one of her ex-boyfriends. Her growing relationship with Phil leads to changes in Jill that allow for the possibility of a happier future for her. I thought this was an interesting book, though frustrating to read because it’s told mostly in stream of consciousness from Jill’s point of view. You don’t even realize that much is changing in Jill’s outlook until quite close to the end.