The Dogs of March by Ernest Hebert

"His life had come to this: save a few deer from the jaws of dogs. He was a small man sent to perform a small task." Howard Elman is a man whose internal landscape is as disordered as his front yard, where native New Hampshire birches and maples mingle with a bullet-riddled washer, abandoned bathroom fixtures, and several junk cars. Howard, anti-hero of this first novel in Ernest Hebert's highly acclaimed Darby Chronicles, is a man who is tough and tender. Howard's battle against encroaching change symbolizes the class conflict between indigenous Granite Staters scratching out a living and citified immigrants with "college degrees and big bank accounts." Like the winter-weakened deer threatened by the dogs of March--the normally docile house pets whose instincts arouse them to chase and kill for sport--Howard, too, is sorely beset. The seven novels of Hebert's Darby Chronicles cover 35 years in the life of a small New England town as seen through the eyes of three families--the Elmans, the Salmons, and the Jordans--each representing a distinct social class. It all starts with The Dogs of March, cited for excellence in 1980 by the Hemingway Foundation (now the Pen Faulkner Award for Fiction).

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The 2025th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 89th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Dogs of March Paperback 10264443 $3.99 $0.01 1980
Dogs of March Hardcover 13101797 $24.95
The Dogs of March (Darby Chronicles) Kindle Edition 376496 $7.69 2014
The Dogs of March Paperback 11783512 $4.95
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The Dogs of March Paperback 1742787 $61.33 $3.00 1995
The Dogs of March Hardcover 2078041 $52.09 $8.95 1979