Meredith Mancuso is depressed. Ever since the death of her fiancé, she has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she’s not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she’s ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac. Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility, where he visits each week. Prozac and the community of resilient older folks challenged by losses of their own, propel Meredith, often against her will, back into the land of the living. Meredith learns that most people carry some sort of burden, but it’s still possible to find meaning, purpose, and joy—and sometimes, even love—along the way.
Review: The Thing Is by Kathleen Gerard is a great romantic comedy. One that hooked me in the beginning and left me wondering what was to come. The story was well-written and well-developed…however, I felt that the novel dragged out the main character’s grieving process longer than should be. I was waiting for a happy thing to occur soon, and it came in the form of a puppy. After the arrival of the cutest puppy, the main character still drags her feet and can’t come to terms with her life. She’s a writer and letting her writing career fall apart because her fiance died on her nineteenth birthday. A tragedy that shouldn’t have happened but did. The novel took a turn for better when a group of ladies that the puppy, Prozac, is to visit forces the main character to bring them to them on a routine basis or else a video of her mishandling the puppy goes viral everywhere. That was indeed the best part of the novel where it forced Meredith to move forward in life. It caused her to get out of her depressed routine and into a living breathing human being once again.
Kathleen Gerard is a talented writer. I just didn’t like how drawn out the depressed woman dragging her feet for so long…even with Prozac around, the main character still ground her teeth together and fought back hard to deny her pain, didn’t want to do much of anything but mope. Her germ fear brings a slight humor to this romantic comedy and the things Prozac does has melted me heart. A warm, sweet, and funny read that was enjoyable. The dog Prozac has lead Meredith to a group of women who have suffered through pain and live to show that anyone can move forward, if they want to…it doesn’t mean the pain goes away entirely but it does lessen over time. Eventually, Meredith found happiness and love. The amazing Terrier, Prozac, helped shaped not only her life around but many others. It’s truly amazing how a dog can bring about positive changes in human beings. Overall, I enjoyed reading this beautiful story, and I highly recommend The Thing Is to readers who love animals.
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her work has been awarded many literary prizes and has been published in magazines, journals, widely anthologized and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Kathleen writes and reviews books for Shelf Awareness. Kathleen’s woman-in-jeopardy novel, IN TRANSIT, won “Best Romantic Fiction” at the New York Book Festival.