WINNER OF THE 2012 IMPAC DUBLIN AWARD On a cold, quiet day between
Christmas and the New Year, a man's body is found in an abandoned
apartment. His friends look on, but they're dead, too. Their bodies
found in squats and sheds and alleyways across the city. Victims of
a bad batch of heroin, they're in the shadows, a chorus keeping
vigil as the hours pass, paying their own particular homage as
their friend's body is taken away, examined, investigated, and
cremated. All of their stories are laid out piece by broken piece
through a series of fractured narratives. We meet Robert, the
deceased, the only alcoholic in a sprawling group of junkies;
Danny, just back from uncomfortable holidays with family, who
discovers the body and futiley searches for his other friends to
share the news of Robert's death; Laura, Robert's daughter, who
stumbles into the junky's life when she moves in with her father
after years apart; Heather, who has her own place for the first
time since she was a teenager; Mike, the Falklands War vet; and all
the others. Theirs are stories of lives fallen through the cracks,
hopes flaring and dying, love overwhelmed by a stronger need, and
the havoc wrought by drugs, distress, and the disregard of the
wider world. These invisible people live in a parallel reality, out
of reach of basic creature comforts, like food and shelter. In
their sudden deaths, it becomes clear, they are treated with more
respect than they ever were in their short lives. Intense,
exhilarating, and shot through with hope and fury, Even the Dogs is
an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society - littered
with love, loss, despair, and a half-glimpse of redemption.
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