WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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books "a deep love of family life" Dogs also end up being part of a bargain. Bob's wife, Carole, a city girl from the Bronx, agrees to getting a dog if Bob buys her a house in the suburbs. Each story, simply told, describes how people relate to one another as well as to their pet. Reading this book is like reading a letter from an old friend. And it comes as no surprise because Kevin Walsh is exactly the way he writes: easygoing, welcoming, and down to earth, with a deep love of family life. He describes the "edi- torial" process that he underwent in trying to capture his father's stories, as well as his own and his ten-year-old daughter's, as being far from easy but worth the effort. He has a healthy and understandable pride in overcoming the challenges in writing this book. Kevin also talks honestly about how sur- prised he was to read his daughter's descrip- tion of the death of her first dog, Tiffany, and the entrance of another dog, Beverly, into her life. Samantha writes, "She was cold like the wind and hard like a turtle" upon kissing Tiffany goodbye. Kevin later comments that, while he saw her say good bye, he had no idea that she had such poetic thoughts or that she was later worried about being untrue to Tiffany by being with Beverly. In addition to a love of family (dogs included), Follow the Dog Home has a love of place for Wellesley. "It might be because I relived my family's history here. I still get a spark when I see my grandfather's name on St. Paul's Roll of Honor when I leave church. I feel like Wellesley is your idyllic hometown with a main street and swimming hole to match. One of my reasons for writing this book was to share the secret of this town." Follow the Dog Home covers many themes, emotions, and narrative voices. But Walsh has written and edited the book in a way that ensures it is neither over nor under done. It is Walsh's wholesome character that keeps the story reading like a wonderful family dinner table conversation across generations. 158 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012

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