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What to read this week: Amy Sutherland on shelter dogs, Cara Hoffman’s novel ‘Running,’ a new translation of Maupassant

"Rescuing Penny Jane" by Amy Sutherland. Credit: Harper

RESCUING PENNY JANE: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them Homes, by Amy Sutherland. “If you love dogs,” writes the author, who does, “a dark image may lurk at the back of your mind: all those homeless dogs barking in shelters.” Sutherland explores the world of strays and shelter dogs, and gets to know the people who rescue them. But can we ever find homes for all of them? (Harper, $26.99)

LIKE DEATH, by Guy de Maupassant. Known as a prolific writer of short stories in 19th century France, Maupassant also wrote novels, such as this intense tale of the yearslong love affair between a painter and a married countess, whose relationship is threatened by the arrival of the countess’ 18-year-old daughter. Poet Richard Howard translated from the French. (New York Review Books, $15.95 paper)

RUNNING, by Cara Hoffman. The author of “Be Safe I Love You” returns with a new novel about an unlikely trio in 1980s Athens. Bridey is a young American on the run from her past, while Milo and Jasper are a British couple hustling tourists into a fleabag hotel. Hoffman explores the lingering echoes of our young, passionate friendships through time. (Simon & Schuster, $26)

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