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Mad Dog

Mad Dog

Mad Dog by Kelly Watt

It’s the summer of 1964 and the Supremes are the reigning queens of radio. Sheryl-Anne MacRae dreams of running away from her home on an apple orchard in southwestern Ontario to find her missing mother. But the teenager’s plans are put on hold when her uncle and guardian, Fergus, the local pharmacist and an amateur photographer, brings home a handsome young hitchhiker. When Sheryl-Anne meets the guitar-toting Peter Lucas Angelo, she falls in love. But life in Eden Valley is not as idyllic as it seems. As the summer progresses, Peter is pulled deeper into Fergus’s dangerous underworld–a world of sex, drugs, pornography and apocalyptic visions. Through the naive eyes of the ethereal 14-year old Sheryl-Anne, Kelly Watt explores themes of child abuse and sexual deviance, and the secrets, dissociation and denial that allow it to flourish. A Gothic tale told in vivid, often hallucinogenic prose, Mad Dog was a 2001 Globe and Mail notable book and Watt’s first novel.

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About the Author

My short fiction has been longlisted in CBC Radio’s Short Fiction Contest twice (2018/2015) and the Gloria Vanderbilt Short Fiction Contest (2012); and won an Honourable Mention at Grit Lit (2019) and in the Hamilton Public Library’s Short Works Prize (2017). I won first prize in Dandelion Magazine’s Contest (1991). My work has been published internationally and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Broken Plate, The Malahat Review, SOL: English Writing in Mexico and DAP: The Diverse Arts Project; and been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories and She Writes. I have published two books—the novel Mad Dog (2001) and the mini travel companion Camino Meditations (2014). A revised U.S. edition of Mad Dog is forthcoming in 2019.

I attended the University of Southern California, University of Toronto, Humber College (Novel) Writers’ Program, and the Sorbonne. I had a former life as a CBC television writer, researcher and activist. I love to travel and have lived in France, India and Mexico. These days I make my home in the Ontario countryside with my husband, a miniature schnauzer and three diligent chickens.

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I would like to thank PR by the Book for the opportunity to share this book.

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