A Marriage in Dog Years by Nancy Balbirer

A Marriage in Dog Years

When Nancy Balbirer learns her beloved eleven-year-old beagle has kidney failure, she’s devastated. She and her husband had gotten Ira as a puppy—a wedding gift to each other, and their first foray into “parenthood.” Now, her dog is terminal, her marriage is on life support, and Nancy is desperate to save them both (whether they want it or not). In a single year, she loses her two best friends, but Nancy’s life is about to take yet anot...

Details A Marriage in Dog Years

TitleA Marriage in Dog Years
Release DateJun 1st, 2018
PublisherLittle A
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews A Marriage in Dog Years

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    AVAILABLE IN JUNE! PRE-ORDER NOW! Author Nancy Balbirer takes us with her on the rocky journey of life as we see her joy filled marriage filled with hopes and dreams blossom then fizzle, at the same time her beloved, terminally ill beagle struggles to defy the odds and live another day. This touching true story is told with honesty and humor, stirring up so many different emotions...well written in the author's voice, it had me crying and laughin...
  • Melissa Jackson
    Wordy Way too many different words to say the exact same things over and over. Ira was the only character I liked.
  • Fiona Macdougall
    Wonderful, raw and very open and honest. We all go through trauma in our lives but to be so honest is refreshing. It was absolutely devastating in places and relatable. Amazing!
  • Barbara
    I’ve been on a good run with Amazon’s monthly free books for Prime members for the past few months. With two great, positive, life-affirming, building-yourself-up-again-after-great-loss novels (‘Digging In’ by Loretta Nyhan and ‘When Never Comes’ by Barbara Davis) in March and April, I was hoping my good fortune would continue when I picked the autobiographical ‘A Marriage in Dog Years’ for my May choice. It’s about a woman with...
  • Chani Knight
    More like 4.5 stars. But still. This was a well written memoir that really touched on how we start to view our past and present when it feels like we have lost control. Also how we use different units of measurement - i.e. the dog - to try and quantify or even qualify a situation or timeline to follow what they’ve been through with us.Our pets don’t live for nearly as long as we all wish they did, but it is entirely true for this book that we...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Thank you to Little a and Amazon Publishing for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This memoir details the author’s heartbreak over her dying dog and her failing marriage. Nancy and Sam have been married 11 years and have a young daughter. They adopted their dog, Ira, just after they got married. Ira is very sick and Nancy is determined to prolong his life for as long as she can if he’s not in pain. I have also had to deal with a ...
  • Mags
    Here is a Whole-Foods-eating, cleansing-candle-lighting, psychic-consulting, horoscope-believing, chi-modifying, yoga-ing, wine-shop-owning, witch-seeking-when-stumped ex-actress-turned-writer’s majestic I, I, I! monologue.Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly an incredibly sad interlacing of two heartbreaks—a dying dog and a dying marriage. But it was just, I don’t know, a bit too narcissistic to spark empathy. I love my dog and during th...
  • Deborah
    Sweet and sadSo many feelings so aptly expressed in this book. Very well written and I could relate to so much of her story about her marriage and the horror of losing her precious dog, Ira. Definitely glad I read this book
  • BLS and QF
    Beautiful and rawI started reading this book this morning and couldn't put it down until the last page. So raw and beautiful. I cried and laughed and felt really connected with the author. This memoir reveals her marriage, the perfect beginning, the changes in careers/goals, the infertility, IVF, the lack of sex, counseling, sacrafices, the distance, and finally the end. Meanwhile it parallels her relationship with her dog who she got right after...
  • Melanie McKinley
    Happy at times and sad at timesSPOILER ALERT. I cried so hard at end. The story was just amazing I am still crying right now 😠
  • ❤Marie Gentilcore
    I really enjoyed this memoir and I thought the title of this book was clever. When the author and her husband first got together, they adopted a beagle puppy and named him Ira. As the book begins, Ira is nearing the end of his life and so is the author’s marriage. The events were sad but also interesting. I look forward to reading more by this author because I liked the flow of her writing, it was so smooth and never caused me to stumble as I r...
  • Kayo
    This book really hit me. Very enjoyable although the points were tough. Highly recommend.
  • Donna
    I chose this book as my Amazon Prime Reads choice for the month of May. A Marriage In Dog Years is officially on Friday, June 1st so look for it on Amazon soon! Meh. I felt meh throughout the entire book. Spoiler alert, I’m going to essentially tell you about this book so if you’re curious about it, stop reading my blog post right now and come back after you’ve read it. Or heed my warning and know that you really are not missing much by pas...
  • Barry House
    You're never supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I'm guilty of choosing this book by its title. A Marriage in Dog Years sounded like a book tracking the growth of a puppy into a dog as it also tracked the growth of a marriage from first blush to mature, healthy relationship.But this book, which basically takes place over the final year of a dog's life - and the final year of the marriage's life - is an entirely different tale. The dog hims...
  • Beth Brown
    A marriage that has lost its way, and a beloved canine companion whose poor health does not stop him being a source of strength and love...these are the building blocks of this book.I highly recommend reading this book...if you have been in a marriage or any long-term relationship, and if you loved or currently love a dog (yes it matters that it is a dog in this particular situation), you will find shades of your own experience in this book - and...
  • Pamela Scott
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...I wasn’t expecting much from this memoir. I chose it, by default because all the other Amazon First Read titles were a thriller of some sort. I’ve gone off thrillers again. A consequence of reading so many. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed A Marriage in Dog Years.I was moved to tears by Nancy facing the death of her beloved dog Ira. You need to be a dog person to get it. A dog is more th...
  • Virginia Brown
    I criedSpoiler alert... the dog does die. I cried. I ugly cried about the dog. Much of the story is told in flash backs, frequent flashbacks that repeat themselves. Yet, I also see as our world falls apart, we keep thinking if I had chosen a different path at that that point...A little tough reading because of the frequent flashbacks, but overall a good story.
  • Amy Palmer
    She was the love of his lifeI was ready for her marriage to be over long before Nancy was. I feel like she missed out on focusing on her elderly dog while she was focusing on her marriage to a jerk of a husband.
  • Sarah Morton
    2.5 stars. While I enjoyed the writer's voice, by the time I hit the last 40 pages or so, I wanted to throw this book across the room. My reasons: 1) The story of her dog, Ira, basically gets shoved to the side in favor of a seeminglyendless, repetitive account of the author's unbelievably toxic marriage. Page after page of trying to make it work, knowing it can't work, maybe it can work, can it work?, is it my fault? why am I beating up on mysel...
  • Tea Leaves and Reads
    I've tried and tried...given it a month.. but I got to 55% and I just cannot keep reading this book. If books could be read in monotone, this one would be. I very very rarely give up on a book and have not written a review like this in forever - but truly, this was not a pleasant experience! The title itself is what caught me. That and the fact that it was an Amazon 'first' - pre-release opportunity to read. I pictured the sort of book that could...
  • Karen
    I won "A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir" by Nancy Balbirer in the Goodreads Giveaway! I love this giveaway - what a nice opportunity to check out new authors and books!Anyone who has gone through a divorce or long-term relationship can really appreciate the angst, the sadness, and the loneliness that seems to go with the break-up and ending of a marriage. This book shows all of this and more. The book is not really about animals. It's more about...
  • Beth
    "Because, as weird as it sounds, it’s an act of love to let someone go who’s meant so much, so they can get on with the rest of their lives."I believe that one line sums up this novel very well. A Marriage in Dog Years sadly follows along as a marriage crumbles. It's told from the wife's point of view and the reader goes on the excruciating journey with her and her pain at not only coming to grips with the end of her marriage, but in that 12 ...
  • Stormy Bell
    From the rating, I guess you can tell I did not enjoy "A Marriage in Dog Years."This is a classic example of a coastal elite, self-absorbed navel-gazing memoir, which ropes in the unsuspecting reader by claiming it's a story about man's best friend and making it sound like a dog book. To be sure, Ira, the doomed beagle, makes many appearances throughout the book. But this is really the story of a failed marriage, told from one-side. This is not a...
  • Shir
    This book tried really hard to follow in the footsteps of Eat, Pray, Love with regards to Elizabeth Gilbert's discussion on her failed marriage. I respected the author's process here, and felt bad because Ira seemed like such a wonderful, supportive dog who didn't deserve all of the heartache his human was experiencing. It seemed like the author had spent more time trying to save her dog's life than trying to salvage her marriage, in the hopes th...
  • Elly
    Wow. It’s a very messy book (being a memoir and all - real life doesn’t tie up all the loose ends) - it’s a whole deep dive of mess and honesty and raw emotion. I struggled... half the time I was thinking ‘why doesn’t she leave him?’ and the other half recognising my past self in her inability to leave and the avoidance/pretending it’s all fine/flipping between taking full responsibility and not/wanting to be the perfect person for ...
  • Jane
    The first half of the book seems confusing and the pace slow. The only thing I understood was that her dog was dying and she's having marital problems. However, the latter didn't seem all that bad. It wasn't until the latter half of the book when I see the marriage going into full throttle down the divorce route except Nancy has her blinders on. There are places where it gets too new age-y but I respect her beliefs and it evidences her coping mec...
  • Debbie Levine
    I liked A Marriage in Dog Years by Nanvy Balbirer which is essentially a month by month account of Ira's (the family Beagle) last year of life, the life-saving blood transfusions which kept him alive and the cost (both financially and figuratively) that Ira's transfusions had on Nancy and Sam's marriage, as a couple and as a family with their young daughter.This was a realistic account on the breakup of a couple, gritty, yet depressing. Between I...
  • Chelsea Downey
    Love and loss for a puppy's smileI downloaded this book because I had just adopted a puppy with my long-term, live-in boyfriend. I'm a big believer in planning and research and this book seemed like an entertaining outlet.I was unprepared for the depth of feeling and connection I experienced while traveling along memory lane with Nancy. She made so many references I (a millennial raised by a Boomer) didn't get, but her heart never wavered.I'll be...
  • Debbie Shoulders
    I am not sure why this book just didn't woo me. It had all the right features but I think it just didn't ring true. For being such an insightful writer Balbirer is pretty clueless about her own self. In this exploration of a failing marriage, the revelations seemed to occur conveniently, so that she could write a book. In her attempt to create anonymity, her only child, a girl, is named Bear, and enters the story line just often enough to help yo...