Bespotted is a brave and wonderful book. The first chapter about the origin of the famous poem by Anne Sexton, “Live,” is precious both for the history it recounts with an authenticity nobody else could claim, as well as for its insight into one of the great poems of the language (hint: it is a poem made possible by dogs). Even more importantly it recognizes something that is only now becoming clear: dogs and humans are a single species, a manifestation of a single love, and this book makes that clear in a rare way.”

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love.

“Dog lovers, rejoice! Linda Sexton turns her literary attention to the beloved Dalmatians in her life. Bespotted is part memoir, part love song to dogs, all wonderful.”

Ellen SussmanNew York Times bestselling author of A Wedding in Provence and French Lessons.

“In Bespotted, Linda Gray Sexton slices to the heart of why the dogs in our lives are so beloved. Each Dalmatian who walks onto the page is a character in his or her own right. Bespotted is a love story, an intriguing glimpse into the world of show dogs, and a testament to the special provenance of dogs to guide humans through the darkest moments in our lives. Beautifully written and deeply felt.”

Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of Golden State and The Year of Fog

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