Like a Dog

Like a Dog

Michelle Tea interviews Tara Jepsen
Aug 23, 2018

Part of INTO's "Michelle Gets the Tea from…" interview series.

- Michelle Tea

Publishers Weekly

"Jepsen's emotional, challenging first novel focuses on family and addiction. . . . Though the tone and themes are heavy, there’s a sardonic humor and queer vitality to balance the bleakness. This is a difficult but urgent novel about the costs of dependency and the ways people obscure what they don’t want to see."

"QueerSkate Napa promotes inclusion along with skateboarding"
Apr 1, 2018

Tara Jepsen interviewed for this article on queer skating communities in Napa Valley.

- Howard Yune

"Tara Jepsen interviewed on Greenpointers before her event at WORD Bookstore in Brooklyn"
Dec 5, 2017
- Will Owen

"Ideas for the LGBTQ book lovers on your holiday gift list"
Dec 1, 2017

Like a Dog appears on this list.

- Gregg Shapiro

"11 Books by Women to Read This November"
Nov 14, 2017

Like a Dog appears on this list.

- BUST Magazine

Monster Children

"Like a Dog asks us to see the world through our first line of defense—our own bodies—and reconcile how all our choices and decisions, physical and mental, eventually reveal their scars. With short, quick, frequently hilarious prose, Jepsen mimics the rhythms of taking in the world physically and weaves it all together into a much larger, and more complex, mental picture. . . . Like a Dog is a welcome addition to the world of fiction, one told with equal parts awe in the face of life's challenges and comfort in its embraces, a riotous yelp into the deep end after a frontside carve over the death box."—Adam Abada

Lambda Literary Review

"Jepsen is a master, racing through the story at top speed."—Chelsea Catherine

"Excerpt from Like a Dog appears on Literary Hub"
Sep 28, 2017
- Tara Jepsen


"[Like a Dog] contains some brilliantly casual radical feminism along with its rising action and denouement, and it tells a familiar story in ways that feel fresh and new but not contrived… wisdom so sharp, it stings."—Christine Femia

The Riveter

"Jepsen's writing is dense and does important intellectual labor. . . . She takes on tough subjects, and her thoughts are complex, lack pretension, and are refreshingly honest. . . . there's a lot to be said for the gut-punching rawness of Like a Dog. It feels like Jepsen has been holding this story for a long time." —Jenean Marie Gilmer


"Jepsen's first outing is filled with razor-sharp observations about this generation's ennui and the myriad ways people screw up their lives, and she vividly evokes the vast stretches of California that lie between the major metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco." —Kristine Huntley

ELLE Magazine

"If you're already a Tara Jepsen fan from watching her on the Amazon series Transparent, don't miss her accomplished debut novel, Like a Dog, about a free-spritig Cali skateboarder, Paloma, who adores her hard-to-love addict brother, Peter, a 'beautiful dude' with 'long hair in a wild golden snarl around his head.'" —Lisa Shea

Gertrude Press

"Jepsen masterfully maneuvers through present, past, and timeless stream of consciousness with writing that flawlessly and precisely delivers troubled characters. In Paloma, she gives us a character so real, self-aware, and tortured [but] you keep going—like Paloma."—Rebeca Ladron de Guevara