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A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir

When Nancy Balbirer learns her beloved eleven-year-old beagle has kidney failure, shes devastated. She and her husband had gotten Ira as a puppya 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 Nancys life is about to take yet another unexpected turn.With humor and heart, Nancy Balbirer shares her story of relationships, loss, and canine friendship in this illuminating memoir about the lengths people will go to keep love aliveand the power of finally letting go....

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A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir Reviews

  • BLS and QF

    Beautiful and raw

    I 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 they were married. The story begins with the dog'

  • Cristin

    Beautifully written, evocative, heart wrenching

    This 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.

  • Deborah

    Sweet and sad

    So 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

  • Pamela Scott


    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 than a pet. A dog is part of your family. I remember how

  • Lallen

    Humorous and Sad

    I liked the prose, even read aloud to my husband parts I really liked; something that is rare for me. My own sweet, sweet dog Maggie developed a weird neurological disease and passed away. It was a week or so later I started reading and could identify with everything the author was feeling about her dog and life in general.

  • Melissa Jackson


    Way too many different words to say the exact same things over and over. Ira was the only character I liked.

  • Taylor and Angie Dribben

    Easy enjoyable read; just a little overdone

    Appreciated the reality of it. The honesty of her reflection on herself. However, there were many times I felt several paragraphs could have been trimmed down to one. I didn’t need the author to make and remake her points. I would’ve preferred one strong statement.

  • 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 mechanism. There are times when I feel like she's tal ...more