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
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

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...
  • 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!
  • Melissa Jackson
    Wordy Way too many different words to say the exact same things over and over. Ira was the only character I liked.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dottie Resnick
    Although the book was promising, it was also disappointing. After 11 years of marriage, the puppy that was a wedding present to each other is now dying as is the marriage. The author spent a lot of time justifying keeping the dog alive, despite horrendous vet bills (which the couple really couldn't afford) in hopes of also keeping her marriage alive. Felt the story which really related more to the disintegrating marriage and two individual with d...
  • 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.
  • Katy
    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...
  • 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...
  • Tina Bailey
    For a memoir, it was good.I picked this from May's kindle first list because I normally always read thrillers, and wanted something different. It did have humor, but not as much as I thought, but then again it's about a marriage ending. I am in a happy marriage for almost 30 years now, so I can't relate. I did relate to losing my dog, Jack, a Scottie who gave us tremendous happiness and will always be remembered for loving us through many things,...
  • Katrina
    I liked this book and finished it quickly, despite the fact that there were some things that drove me nuts throughout. For example, her husband did not seem all that worthy of a character/person. Her daughter was there but not really, as the day to day challenges of parenting never seemed to register on a regular basis. Also, she over analyzed so many details, actions, missteps, and was never ever on the same page as her husband so it was hard to...
  • Linda Shea
    This was an Amazon freebie but I found it incredibly depressing. My favorite character was the dog, Ira, whose life is ending at the same time as Nancy and Sam's marriage. Nancy just matter-of-factly states that she and her husband hadn't been intimate in years yet she wonders what is wrong with their relationship. They don't communicate - she talks about her husband getting his own apartment and she seems okay with that. When she finds out he is...
  • Alicia
    A relatively interesting memoirThe author has written an engaging memoir for the first half of the book. From about halfway, the novel was quite repetitive in regard to how horrible her marriage was and her reluctance to leave and the despair that it continually caused her. While this was to be a story of the last year of a terminally ill dog, it was mostly about a terminally ill marriage. If the memoir had been condensed a great deal, it would b...
  • Cristin
    Beautifully written, evocative, heart wrenchingThis is simply lovely. After having both my marriage and love of my life (the dog. Not the ex) I could relate to each heart breaking step of her journey. Beautifully woven together, made me think. And laugh. And cry. Like buckets of years and snot, overwhelming sorrow kind of crying. But somehow after that cathartic cry, peace. And appreciation for the road traveled, regardless of the outcome.
  • Becky Knapp
    Parallels of lifeI was married and had a dog. In so many ways this was a parallel to my own love and loss I thought a lot about that time in my lifetime and where I am now. I miss the days of us but I love the memories we made together. I think of those times but I loved tribe fact the hurt is all to real and some days even five years later I feel the loss and sounder was it ever real. Love you my boy Cody and my former wife. Weall were once good...