Laura Zigman

Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Husbandry

  • 'If someone had asked me a year ago why I thought it was that men leave women and never come back. I would have said this: New Cow New Cow is short for New Cow Theory, which is for Old Cow-New Cow Theory, which, of course, is short for the sad sorry truth that men leave women and never come back because all they really want is a new Cow. ' Jane Goodall, the narrator, is a TV producer on a chat show. She has just been dumped by a colleague, whom she was nuts about. As part of her very personal recovery programme, she develops a theory of romantic relationships - something a magazine editor girlfriend likes so much, she persuades Jane to publish under a pseudonym. It is a column which brings her success and a measure of revenge. But there is no cure for love.

Laura Zigman grew up in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She spent ten years in New York City working in book publishing and currently lives in Washington DC. Animal Husbandry is her first novel.