Those of us who live with animals, like cats or dogs, often share simple but reliable methods of communication with them. We know when they are happy, scared, hungry, angry, or want to play. We may talk to them in our language and think they are talking back to us, but we know we can never really share language with them. Legends of talking dogs and horses abound but seem silly, like the punchlines of jokes, or just plain impossible. But in Carolyn Parkhurst's novel, THE DOGS OF BABEL, the idea of talking dogs is deadly serious.
Paul Iverson's wife died mysteriously, falling from the apple tree in the