New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten’s side-splitting, chick-lit romp is a world away from the riveting thrillers that made him an internationally-recognized author (such as MEG; now a Warner Brothers movie being released in August with a great line-up of stars). Inspired by his experiences working with both male and female dog trainers, followed by a fight with his wife, Dog Training the American Male tells the uproarious story of a female relationship counselor who can’t seem to make her own relationships work until she discovers that the techniques used to train her boyfriend’s dog can also be used on him!
Dog Training the American Male is a laugh-out-loud rom-com, written by Alten several years ago under the pen name L.A. Knight. The story centers on Nancy Beach, a relationship guru and radio talk show host whose relationships and ratings are in the toilet – until she discovers the dog training lessons used on her live-in boyfriend’s German shepherd actually work just as well on men.
Alten says the concept for the story came to him during a heated discussion with his wife, who accused him of never listening. When his German shepherd wandered across the battlefront with her shoe in its mouth, Alten’s spouse yelled several commands at the dog who immediately dropped the shoe and went into its crate. How had the dog understood his wife’s commands while Alten always seemed to misinterpret everything his spouse said? The author realized the dog understood because it had been trained.
”Women are far more complex thinkers. They don’t want their problems fixed; they want the emotional satisfaction of knowing that we know what they are dealing with. Conversely, Man and Dog are best friends for a reason – we’re simple-minded creatures who prefer the reward system. Give us food, sex and a couch to nap on and sure, we’ll go shopping and faux paint the bathroom, no problem.”
Thus began a social experiment that led to one of the funniest books you’ll ever read. With the MEG movie fast approaching, Alten and his publisher decided to release a new e-book edition of Dog Training the American Male under his real name (no one had heard of L.A. Knight – those who read the book thought L.A. was actually a woman).
Kirkus: “The prose flows like a jocular babbling brook. More impressively, the central characters transcend their stock roles and grow into legitimately compelling subjects. Incident by unlikely incident, we are pulled deeper into their lives until it is their fates (not merely their quips) that keep us turning the pages. Knight is a naturally comic writer; what is more, she is a talented storyteller. A lighthearted work with well-drawn characters and genuine laughs.”
Ashley Uzer, Galore Magazine: “Dog training your man may sound psycho and controlling, but it’s honestly kind of genius. It means better communication, that you and your man will both get what you want, and fewer fights! If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. Now go tell your man to fetch you a stick or something.”
Laysha Duran, Manhattan with a Twist: “Laugh-out-loud funny! Dog Training the American Male will have you in stitches.”
Tom Mayer, Mountain Times News: “A riotous romp through relationships of the young, the old and the restless.”
Pop, Bop, Shop: “Compulsively readable. Even in moments where I felt like ‘I saw that coming!’ I still wanted to read the next chapter. I could easily see this story being adapted for the big screen. If you are looking for a book to bring on your holiday travels, this one is definitely entertaining!”
Have Fog Blog, will Travel: “A love triangle of the hilarious kind.”