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Dogrun

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Dogrun

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Arthur Nersesian
publisher:
MTV Books
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In Dogrun,Mary Bellanova returns to her East Village apartment and, after a frustratingly one-sided talk with her boyfriend, Primo, discovers that the poor bastard has died, saddling her with next month’s rent and his excrement-happy dog, Numb. What follows in this darkly comic novel by Nersesian, author of the cult hit The F—-Up, is similarly absurd: Mary joins a punk band populated by Primo’s exes, writes a book about dead-end jobs, and realizes her best friend just might be an ex-con. Sure, this girl digs her own holes, but she’s hardly a hapless heroine. While her one-liners sear (”frankly, I’m still in the rigor mortised stages of a relationship”), it’s Nersesian’s love affair with lower Manhattan that sets these pages afire. B+