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Black Dog Summer: A Novel Paperback – Feb 16 2016

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Canadian edition (Feb. 16 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147678003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476780030
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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“Mystical, suspenseful, and darkly funny … Black Dog Summer is sure to be the beginning of a long career for Miranda Sherry.”

Winnipeg Free Press

“Sherry builds suspense as she explores the bonds between siblings, spouses, and parents and children. A beautifully written literary debut centering on the power of love and memory.”


“Vibrates with tension. ... A hauntingly beautiful tale from a writer to watch.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Tightly woven and richly rewarding.”

Cape Times (South Africa)

“A story about murder but not crime, with black magic but no horror, and narrated by a dead woman who is not a ghost, this debut novel is a delightful mix of paradox and melancholy.”

The Sunday Times (South Africa)

“An engaging tale of second chances, reconcilliation, and allies in unlikely places.”

The Times (South Africa)

“It’s not very often a novel reaches in, grips your insides, and takes you on a ride so atmospheric and well-written. Black Dog Summer is a rich tapestry of grief, family, hidden secrets, and love.”

—It’s A Book

“Exquisitely told and poignant.”

The Lady (UK)

“Poetic and thought-provoking, this accomplished debut is an intensely moving tale.”

The Good Book Guide (UK)

“Evocative ... Sherry’s sense of pacing and her keen ear for dialogue make for a good read.”

Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Miranda Sherry grew up in a house filled with books. She was seven when she began writing stories. A few decades, numerous strange jobs, and many manuscripts later, Black Dog Summer is the first of her works to be published. Miranda currently lives in Johannesburg with her sort-of-husband and two cats. To find out more, go to or

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