10/13/2014 10:22 am ET Updated Oct 13, 2014

The Empty-Nest Book Hatchery

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When her book “The Dog Stays in the Picture” came out in September, Susan Morse joined the swelling ranks of writers chronicling the departure of their adult children and contemplating their own future as empty nesters.

Ms. Morse’s tale centers on a rescue greyhound she adopted to fill the looming gap in her life — only to discover that the retired racer was even needier than her husband and three children. Yet the dog, recounted Kirkus Reviews, “served as the anchor that unknowingly helped keep her on an even keel as she navigated and transitioned through the emotionally rocky waters of becoming an empty nester.”

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