Of Women, Animals Sans Men
Indu Liberhan
WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF AN ORDINARY WOMAN by Lisa Scottoline Meheta Publishing House, 2013, 288 pp., 400
August 2013, volume 37, No 8

Why My Third Husband Will Be A Dog is an extremely witty, humorous and enjoyable book. It makes for very good reading and is the perfect companion during a flight—will bring smiles and laughter to an otherwise boring flight or enjoy its cheerful funny snippets while lapping up the waves on a waterfront by the beach. Taking off from Eleanor Roosevelt’s line ‘a woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she is in hot water’, Lisa has written, as she says, about ordinary women who are extraordinary in so many ways. Women are the ‘stars’ in her stories—ordinary women like teachers, lawyers, nurses, many of whom get themselves into hot water, work their way out and come out much the stronger for the experience. She gives a hilarious reason for not having a male as a star character in her novel, ‘because I have ovaries. And I write what I know’. Completely female centric she has built her stories around everyday people, her mother, daughter, friends, her four dogs and her cats, her horse and only occasionally refers in passing to Thing 1 and Thing 2—her ex-husbands.

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