In Elizabeth Kelly’s new novel, The Miracle on Monhegan Island, our narrator is kidnapped from the backseat of his wealthy mother’s car and taken to live on a remote island in Maine. He is also a Shih Tzu. From a line of champion show dogs, Lupine learns to adjust to a more simple life as Ned while watching the dynamics of his new family play out.
Reading (and enjoying!) The Miracle on Monhegan Island pushed the idea of non-human narrators into my brainspace. Barring a few exceptions, I tend to love the quirky use of an “other” to tell a story, but had a hard time thinking of more than three or four examples. So I took to Twitter! And, as usual, Twitter delivered.
Twitter! What’s your favorite book narrated by a non-human? (inspired by my current read, which is narrated by a dog)
— Shannon (@rivercityreadng) May 3, 2016
By far the most common response was Watership Down, but there were a ton of other suggestions, too.
There are several other suggestions if you want to take a peek at the replies on my original tweet!
What are your favorite books with non-human narrators?