Full of spice and irony, with the spirit of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, this wonderfully idiosyncratic and sharply observed novel throws a delectable concoction of San Francisco characters together - in a park and with their dogs. The strangers, all walking their dogs, meet in the park and pour out their souls; they fall in love, write poetry; grow old, have affairs, and still have time to learn French, cooking and horticulture. Life, with its ups and downs like the San Francisco streets, rolls on- for Tobin, the ex-hippie gardener, who holds it all together and for skinny Hillary, TV camerawoman with her wild silver retriever Tess; and a whole host of others and their pooches - all set against the irresistible backdrop of one of the most enticing and exciting cities in the world.
Marjorie Leet is a broadcaster and writer, living in California. She was the instigator of the 'Tell Me a Story' series on US National Public Radio, for which she got writers all over the world to read their own stories, including Raymond Carver, Roald Dahl, V. S. Prichett, Jamaica Kincaid, Eudora Welty, Tobias Wolff. She was once an au pair in England, and her first novel, Diary of an American Au Pair was published in June 2002 in Vintage.