Lost Dogs

  • Pages:344
  • Publisher:Cormorant Books
  • Themes:complex characters, relationships, parent, child, following through
  • Available:04/01/2023

In this darkly funny debut from Lucie Pagé, characters collide in unexpected ways as they search to create meaning in their lives.

A university English sessional teacher searches for his missing blind pit bull, not entirely aware that his relationship is coming unravelled. Katherine, his girlfriend, pays far more attention to her walk-on role in an alternative theatre production. Fourteen-year-old Becca struggles to get her mother’s attention, while her mother provides calorie-wise snacking and fashion advice and dates Becca’s psychologist. Karl fails to control his embarrassing and shameful bad habit at his dead-end telemarketing job.

Pagé weaves together narratives that speak of people adrift in the conflicting tides of the first decades of the twenty-first century in a novel that echoes the works of Lynda Barry.

“Peeling back the binary of cold and explosive personalities, ambition, anxieties, and desire, Lost Dogs is a story about what all of us fear and long for. Pagé brings her acclaimed television writing experience to bear on the novel, creating a compulsively readable, character-driven tale.”

– Open Book
“I definitely recommend this as a clever take on modern existence and self-discovery that will be on my mind for a long time to come.”
– Bookaholic Bex
“A beautiful mess of protagonists who transform before our very eyes as they search for their home in the world. I adored Lost Dogs and Pagé's clever writing style. Her characters live in the back of my mind.”
Leacock Medal for Humour   | 2024  |  Long-listed