The Dogs of Littlefield – Suzanne Berne


A brilliantly executed psychological novel that deals with the hazards – real, imagined and created – of modern-day life and relationships, The Dogs of Littlefield is at once completely unsettling and utterly engrossing. Residents of Littlefield, a fictional town in New England (recently named one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America), enjoy a ‘good quality of life’. But when someone starts poisoning its dogs, a darker side of this seemingly idyllic small town begins to emerge. So it is in fact an unstable and fragile environment that Dr Clarice Watkins, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, enters when she decides to come and live Littlefield to study the ways of its apparently contented inhabitants. Very, very good.

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Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America, full of psychologists and college professors, is proud of its fine schools, its girls’ soccer teams, its leafy streets and quaint village centre. Yet no sooner has sociologist Dr Clarice Watkins arrived in Littlefield to study the elements of ‘good quality of life’ than someone begins poisoning the town’s dogs. Are the poisonings in protest to an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park – the subject of much town debate – or the sign of a far deeper disorder? The Dogs of Littlefield is a wry exploration of the discontent concealed behind the manicured lawns and picket fences of darkest suburbia.


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