Other People's Pets

A Novel by R.L. Maizes

  • Published: Sep 20, 2020

R. L. Maizes's Other Peoples Pets examines the gap between the families were born into and those we create, and the danger that holding on to a troubled past may rob us of the future.La La Fine relates to animals better than she does to other people.... read more

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Details of Other People's Pets

Exact title of the book
Other People's Pets
Book author
R.L. Maizes
ISBN
9781250754561
Publisher
Macmillan Audio
Published
Jul 14, 2020
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
about 1200 kB

Some brief overview of book

R. L. Maizes's Other Peoples Pets examines the gap between the families were born into and those we create, and the danger that holding on to a troubled past may rob us of the future.

La La Fine relates to animals better than she does to other people. Abandoned by a mother who never wanted a family, raised by a locksmith-turned-thief father, La La looks to pets when it feels like the rest of the world conspires against her. La Las world stops being whole when her mother, who never wanted a child, abandons her twice.

First, when La La falls through thin ice on a skating trip, and again when the accusations of "unfit mother" feel too close to true. Left alone with her fathera locksmith by trade, and a thief in realityLa La is denied a regular life. She becomes her fathers accomplice, calming the watchdog while he strips families of their most precious belongings.

When her fathers luck runs out and he is arrested for burglary, everything La La has painstakingly built unravels. In her fourth year of veterinary school, she is forced to drop out, leaving school to pay for her fathers legal fees the only way she knows howrobbing homes once again. As an animal empath, she rationalizes her theft by focusing on houses with pets whose maladies only she can sense and caring for them before leaving with the familys valuables.

The news reports a puzzled police forcesearching for a thief who left behind medicine for the dog, water for the parrot, or food for the hamster. Desperate to compensate for new and old losses, La La continues to rob homes, but its a strategy that ultimately will fail her. A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books "...

Maizes possesses such magic. This examination of family, across all lines and definitions, will open you up in such necessary, beautiful ways."Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here and The Family Fang

About author

Maizes was born and raised in Queens, New York. She now lives in Boulder County, Colorado. Maizes's short stories have aired on National Public Radio and have appeared in the literary magazines Electric Literature, Witness, Bellevue Literary Review, Slice, and Blackbird, among others.

Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Lilith, and elsewhere. Maizes is an alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop. Her work has received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Trains Fiction Open contest, has been a finalist in numerous other national contests, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of the short story collection We Love Anderson Cooper.

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