Anita diamant is the bestselling author of the novels the boston girl the red tent good harbor the last days of dogtown and day after night and the collection of essays pitching my tent. Exhibit a is the red tent and the last days of dogtown is a close runner up dogtown was a real community on cape ann massachusetts populated by the downtrodden in 1800s society widows orphans freed slaves spinsters drunks whores a witch or two and of course dogs. The last days of dogtown is a loosely historical tale of the end of a small village on cape ann mass however the novel doesnt really focus on the place as much as on a cast of wonderfully idiosyncratic characters. The last days of dogtown a novel by anita diamant new york scribner 2005 isbn 100 7432 2574 0 paper 261 pages comments by bob corbett march 2009 i found this novel fascinating on several levels first of all i read it only because of its title. Rendered in stunning haunting detail with anita diamants keen ear for language and profound compassion for her characters the last days of dogtown is an extraordinary retelling of a long forgotten chapter of early american life
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