Mad Dash: Book summary and reviews of Mad Dash by Patricia Gaffney

Mad Dash

A Novel

by Patricia Gaffney

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Mad Dash by Patricia Gaffney
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  • Published Aug 2007
    388 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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Dash has just left her husband . . . because of a dog. Of course, it's not just the dog. It's her mother's death. It's her daughter going off to college and not needing her anymore. It's the job she's not sure she ever wanted and a husband who doesn't understand.

Andrew's wife has just left him . . . because of a dog. Andrew doesn't have a clue what's wrong with her; is it Dash just being Dash, or is this something bigger, something outside his comfortable world of old dog, old job, and old friends? He's spent years fearing he'll end up like his father, but suddenly he's more afraid of ending up alone.

Mad Dash is about two people who have never been able to live without each other - and are suddenly forced to try. With humor and insight, this novel examines that one moment - so common in long-term relationships - when one partner just has to get out, and the changes and growth that follow.

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"The writing is lively, though scenes involving conversations about the nature of love and relationships can turn tedious ..... It's a lot of fun, and the faults are easily forgiven." - PW.

"I loved Mad Dash. Patricia Gaffney's books are always heartfelt and wise –but most of all, laugh-out-loud funny–and this one is my favorite yet!" - Janet Evanovich.

"I fell in love with Mad Dash. Head over heels. It's must reading for any woman who's been married longer than ten years. No one can beat Patricia Gaffney at writing moving and deeply revealing women's fiction that doesn't leave you racing to take an antidepressant when you're done." - Nora Roberts.

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Patricia Gaffney Author Biography

Patricia Gaffney was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, and also studied literature at Royal Holloway College of the University of London, at George Washington University, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After college, Gaffney taught 12th grade English for a year before becoming a freelance court reporter, a job she pursued in North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., for the next fifteen years.

Her first book, a historical romance, was published by Dorchester in 1989. Between then and 1997, she wrote 11 more romance novels.

In 1999, she went in a new direction with her hardcover fiction debut, The Saving Graces. The ...

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