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What I noticed most about this story was that even though Cheryl was always in places familiar to her (the town she grew up in, the beach house her family rented every year), she seemed lost. She had to deal with a lot, such as David leaving, her children, the relationship between her mother and […]

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The story of “Bob, A Dog” is an in-depth  character study of Cheryl.  The dog Sandy becomes a metaphor for Cheryl’s life.  When David, her husband, walks away from the family, Cheryl cannot move beyond this event.  There were many indications along the way that David would not survive the marriage with four children.  Cheryl acknowledges his limitations but is […]

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Reading Lee Smith’s “Bob, a Dog” was quite the experience in the first couple of pages into the story. “Quite the experience” meaning confusing. With Smith’s switching from Cheryl’s (the protagonist’s) memories and thought processes and back to present events, I found it difficult, initially, to keep up. Further into the story, I finally caught […]

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