stories in which madness—and the incidents that
trigger it—runs like a silent undertow.
Grote’s compelling batch of stories…will hold the
reader’s attention because of the honesty and
familiarity of the characters. Promising collection
from a talented newcomer.”—Kirkus
From a New York City tenement in the early 1900s to
vampire make-up sex in present-day Philadelphia, the
stories in Death, Madness and a Mess of Dogs
are full of sly humor, memorable characters and
quirky explorations of love, loss and redemption.
Written primarily during the year following Grote’s
own mother’s death, this first short story
collection offers a keenly inventive vision.
Families, frenemies and a unique assortment of
lovers illustrate universal truths about
relationships in fresh and unexpected ways.
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