Dog Logic: a novel
by Tom Strelich
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Dog Logic: a novel
Hertell Daggett is not what he used to be: once married, once a physicist, and once shot in the head in a New Year's accident. Or possibly 4th of July, he could never remember -- the doctors got the bullet out, but a few specks of copper remained floating in his brain, connecting parts no longer connected in the rest of us, filaments going back to the beginning of time. He remembers the songs of dinosaurs, the dry humor of mastodons, and the rubbery smell of trilobites. He'd once had a future, but now he lives on the outskirts of Bakersfield, a damaged caretaker of a failing pet cemetery.
Hertell discovers a time-capsule, actually a vast time-cavern full of people who've lived beneath the pet cemetery since 1963. They are part of a long-forgotten Government program to preserve Western civilization in the charred aftermath of the massive nuclear war triggered by JFK's assassination–at least that's what their computer simulation predicted. He becomes their shepherd and protector leading the duck-and-cover civilization into the astounding, mystifying, and often dismaying world that has wobbled on without them. Like one of those lost tribes stumbling from the jungle into civilization, only this time it's not the primitives who are overwhelmed by civilization, but very much the other way around, and they will pay for it. In protecting his flock, Hertell finds a love he never quite lost, a past he never quite remembered, and a future he never quite imagined.
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Dog Logic: a novel
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DOG LOGIC is "a Wes Anderson–like" and "charmingly dark comedy..." Elena White, The Santa Barbara Independent
"Strelich has the dramatist's gift for dialogue, the poet's feel for space and time, and a prophet's vision of history's currents and human folly. Dog Logic is a mordant romp on the fault lines of American progress, at the pace of a drive-in movie. Strelich is a first-class American fabulist." -- Algernon D'Ammassa, Columnist, The Deming Headlight, Deming, New Mexico
"Dog Logic is a thinking persons novel with a hahah funny bone and a jazz musicians sense of going left when you expect to be going right. Mr Strelich is a true original." -- Doug Warner, Artistic Director, Next Stage Repertory Theatre
"I first encountered Dog Logic as a play I directed several years ago. The expansion into the novel form is impressive. There is a story in Dog Logic that is funny, clever, savvy and wildly unique. What takes place in the book will be memorable for a reader of the novel. It tells a tale that is special, cautionary, sometimes mind blowing, surprisingly emotional and current. There are a collection of unforgettable characters and experiences that make this a great ride." --Steven Woolf, Artistic Director Repertory Theatre of St Louis
"This book has everything a seasoned reader might desire: powerful, evocative characters worthy of Thomas McGuane, dialogue that is wise, wacky and wonderful, and a plot worthy of Edgar Allan Poe. This is a work for the ages-it is totally aware of where we've been, and it teases us with the mystery of where we might be going." --Dr. Robert Sanborn
"Writing. American writing. When Tom Strelich hits the page there's good wood on it. With Dog Logic, you're sure to be on an enriching journey that resonates on many different levels. His three plays produced at The American Place Theatre in NYC remain with us and go deep." --Wynn Handman, Founder, Artistic Director APT