“Emily and Einstein” by Linda Francis Lee

….Tells the story of Emily Portman, a 30-something woman living in the Dakota on the Upper-West Side of Manhattan with her husband, Sandy Portman. When he is suddenly killed, not only is she left widowed, but she adopts a dog… a dog that turns out to be her husband, Sandy. He has bargained his way into staying alive, however he is now in the body of a dog. Sounds strange, but alternating chapters told in Emily and Sandy’s  (now the dog) voices, describe how he was a ‘dog’ in real life and is now trying to help Emily any way he can in his new form of dog.  It seems Sandy never changed his will to leave Emily the apartment and now her mother-in-law is trying to get her evicted. It seems Sandy was having multiple affairs and was planning to tell Emily he wanted a divorce the night he was killed. It seems Emily’s sister is back in town and wants to write a memoir about their rebellious, feminist mother. Only half-way through the book, but enjoying it so far. Premise sounds silly, but entertaining reading.

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