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Please Write

A Novel in Letters

261 pages
Bancroft Press
Zippy is a young, impulsive puppy who is full of energy and excitement. She loves to play and run and explore. Winslow is an older, dignified dog who is more reserved and cautious. He prefers to spend his time reading and napping. At first, Zippy and Winslow don't get along. They clash over everything, from how to play to where to sleep. But as time goes on, they begin to learn from each other and grow to love each other. The dogs' relationship is tested when Pamela and Frank's marriage begins to fall apart. Frank is struggling with alcoholism, and Pamela is feeling overwhelmed by her responsibilities as a wife and journalist. Through it all, Zippy and Winslow remain loyal and supportive. They provide each other with comfort and companionship, and they help each other to see the good in the world, even when things are tough. In the end, Please Write is a heartwarming story about the power of love, family, friendship... and dogs. It is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope.
Author Bio
J. Wynn Rousuck is the theater critic at Bal­timore’s NPR affiliate, WYPR, and the former longtime theater critic at The Baltimore Sun. She has been published in magazines ranging from American Theatre to Dog World, and her writ­ing has been honored by organizations including the Dog Writers Associ­ation of America. She has taught writing and theater at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute, Goucher College, and in various programs at Johns Hopkins University. Her award-winning short stories have appeared in Atticus Review and Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and her interviews can be found in the books, Hairspray: The Roots and Con­versations with Neil Simon. A graduate of Wellesley College and the Columbia Uni­versity Graduate School of Journalism, she was a National Endowment for the Humanities Journalism Fellow at the Uni­versity of Michigan and a visiting student in the graduate playwriting program at Brown University. Please Write is part of her family heritage: Her father was a dog judge and his oldest brother wrote one of the first books about Boston Terriers. She lives in Baltimore with her husband Alan Fink and their Boston Terrier, Juno. Please Write is her first novel. www.jwynnrousuck.com