We are excited to bring author Laura Schenone to the Orvis Columbus Day Weekend Celebration! They will have free food, fishing seminars, local artists and product vendors, animal organizations, and many product reps so be sure to stop in!
About the book
Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, countless numbers of them disappear each year once they can no longer compete and win.
The Dogs of Avalon introduces us to the strong-willed Marion Fitzgibbon, born in rural Ireland, where animals are valued only for their utility. But Fitzgibbon believes that suffering is felt by all creatures, and she champions the cause of strays, baffling those around her--including her family--as she and a group of local women rescue any animal in need and taking on increasingly risky missions.
When Fitzgibbon becomes head of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and focuses on the cause of the greyhound, she faces an entrenched racing industry protected by money and power. She joins forces with an American greyhound activist, a foxhunter's wife, a British lady, and an influential German animal rescuer to create an international network to find these animals homes, confront the racing industry, and provide safe havens where animals can live in peace.
The Dogs of Avalon brings forward the people on the other side of the tracks--Irish Travellers (a people whose Celtic history goes back centuries), dogmen who hope to win big--together with a host of animals on two continents--circus tigers in Ireland, wild monkeys in the Yucatan, dolphins in a marine animal park in Florida, and one very special Irish sight hound in New Jersey named Lily.
In this potent David and Goliath story, Schenone's journey helps us understand our deep connection to animals and gives us inspiration in the form of the unforgettable Fitzgibbon, who grapples with compassion and activism and shows the difference we are all capable of making in the world.
Praise for Laura Schenone
“A work that merits high praise and appreciation.”—The Bark
“An engrossing account of greyhounds, their owners, and their champions.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Truly moving. . . . Animal-welfare advocates and dog lovers are sure to appreciate Schenone's reportage.” — Publishers Weekly
“[Schenone] perfectly captures the ethos of veteran animal advocates and . . . Schenone's lovely prose captivates, and her mostly pragmatic perspective complements the subject matter.”— Library Journal
“Laura Schenone beautifully and inexorably pursues the story of the singular Marion Fitzgibbon and her crusade to rescue Ireland’s greyhounds from corporate cruelty.… The Dogs of Avalon is about dogs, yes, but it is also an exquisite exploration of empathy, love, and the meaning of life.” — Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize
“A gem. Dogs of Avalon is a life enriching game-changer that deserves a broad global audience. It is that good.” — Marc Bekoff, author of The Animals’ Agenda
“An absolutely stunning book and an astonishing work of reporting. I love the complete honesty that suffuses it.”— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving
“A self-confessed non-animal lover when her journey begins, Schenone writes with sensitivity and genuine curiosity about the world of greyhounds—inspired by her own beloved gray-eyed rescue dog, Lily. An extraordinary story, told with compassion and grace.” — Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World