The Lost Dog

Michelle de Kretser, Author . Little, Brown $24.99 (326p) ISBN 978-0-316-00183-0

De Kretser (The Hamilton Case ) presents an intimate and subtle look at Tom Loxley, a well-intentioned but solipsistic Henry James scholar and childless divorcé, as he searches for his missing dog in the Australian bush. While the overarching story follows Tom’s search during a little over a week in November 2001, flashbacks reveal Tom’s infatuation with Nelly Zhang, an artist tainted by scandal—from her controversial paintings to the disappearance and presumed murder of her husband, Felix, a bond trader who got into some shady dealings. As Tom puts the finishing touches on his book about James and “the uncanny” and searches for his dog, de Kretser fleshes out Tom’s obsession with Nelly—from the connection he feels to her incendiary paintings (one exhibition was dubbed “Nelly’s Nasties” in the press) to the sleuthing about her past that he’s done under scholarly pretenses. Things progress rapidly, with a few unexpected turns thrown in as Tom and Nelly get together, the murky circumstances surrounding Felix’s disappearance are (somewhat) cleared up and the matter of the missing dog is settled. De Kretser’s unadorned, direct sentences illustrate her characters’ flaws and desires, and she does an admirable job of illuminating how life and art overlap in the 21st century. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 01/21/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
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