Mad Dash

Mad Dash

A Novel

Book - 2008
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The poor thing was cold and trembling, abandoned on their front doorstep. Dash, impulsive as always, decides on the spot that they should keep it. But her husband, Andrew, thinks it's the craziest thing he's ever heard. A fight over a scruffy little dog doesn't seem like much of a reason to walk out on your husband of twenty years--but the spat over the puppy is just the last of many straws.

Dash is so tired of the faculty parties at Mason-Dixon College that Andrew insists they attend even though he won't mingle with his colleagues, tired of his constant fretting over illnesses he doesn't have, tired of the glass of warm milk he must have every night before bed. Why can't he see that with her mother gone and their daughter off at college, Dash needs something more?

Now, living on her own for the first time in years, Dash can do whatever she wants . . . if only she could figure out what that is. But every time she starts making plans for the future, she finds herself thinking about the past--remembering the mother she's lost, her daughter's childhood, and the husband she isn't entirely sure she wants to leave behind. . . .

By turns poignant and hilarious--often on the same page-- Mad Dash is a novel about the funny ways love has of catching up to us despite our most irrational efforts to leave it behind.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Three River Press, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307382122
Branch Call Number: GAF
Characteristics: 359 p.


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Jun 02, 2014

Any person in a committed relationship should check out this book. It's not a depressing view on marriage--far from it--just a very realistic view, with a bit of humor put in, too.

Dec 03, 2010

I loved this book! Gaffney is sensitive to the intricacies of middle-aged relationships and life-changing decisions. Written from the perspective of the three main characters, we see the thought processes behind what they do, their hesitations, things not said, false assumptions, etc.. She balances a respect for marriage as well as for individual growth -- so refreshing in these days of the quick divorce. In addition, this book mirrored (in a number of ways, if not in exact expression) some things my husband and I have experienced. This made the book very cathartic for me. Loved it, loved it, loved it!


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SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

When Dash leaves Andrew, her husband of twenty years, after an argument over a stray puppy she realizes she can now do whatever she wants, if only she knew what she wanted! This wry novel tells the story from both Dash and Andrew's point of view.

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