Lee Robinson practiced law for over 20 years in Charleston, South Carolina, and was the first female president of the Charleston County Bar. She teaches at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.Her first poetry collection, Hearsay, won the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press and the Violet Crown Award from the Texas Writers’ League. She is also the author of a novel for young adults, Gateway, and a second poetry collection, Creed. Her essays, poetry, and short stories have appeared in many magazines, and anthologies, as well as on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Lee has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Arts Commission, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. She and her husband, Jerald Winakur, were co-recipients of the 2009 Literary Excellence Award from Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s center for the literary arts. Lee is a three-time winner of the S.C. Arts Commission’s Fiction Prize for short stories. She lives on a ranch in the Texas hill country.
Her latest book, Lawyer for the Dog, was published by Thomas Dunne Books in the US in May 2015 and by Bonnier in the UK in September 2015. The sequel, Lawyer for the Cat, will be published in 2016.
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LAWYER FOR THE CAT – Buy it here
For fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Solomon’s Tale, Lawyer for the Cat is Lee Robinson’s follow up to her charming, moving and funny debut novel, Lawyer for the Dog.
Following her successful representation of Sherman the Schnauzer, Sally Baynard is happy to go back to working with humans. That is until a probate judge asks her to look into the case of a cat who’s the beneficiary of a multi-million dollar trust. Now representing Beatrice, Sally must use her wit, charm and brains to choose between the three potential new caregivers for the lovable feline, whilst dodging the angry and mysterious former owner’s son.
Whilst juggling the demands of the court room, an aging mother and a confusing romantic life, will Sally make the right decision for Beatrice? And, as she delves deeper into the case, will she uncover the truth behind the family’s secrets?
PUBLICATION DATE: 10 May 2016
LAWYER FOR THE DOG – Buy it here.
One of the sharpest attorneys in Charleston, S.C., Sally Baynard isn’t your typical southern belle. She’s certainly not what her mother hoped she’d grow up to be, especially since she divorced her husband, Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, and his historic family with their historic wealth and historic houses. Maybe Sally was never going to be a proper society lady, but her success as a public defender and family lawyer have been enough for her. She’s represented murderers, burglars, drug dealers and lately has taken on some of the thorniest divorces, all cases closed with her Sally Bright Baynard wit, charm and brains.
Or have they? One case she’s never successfully closed is her marriage. And when Judge Joe assigns her to one of his divorce cases by appointing her as the Lawyer for the Dog — Sherman, a miniature schnauzer– she’s forced into close quarters with him again. Juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous but uncommunicative ex-husband, her aging, Alzheimer’s-ridden mother, and the expectations of the court is more than Sally could have imagined. And as rascally Sherman digs his way into Sally’s heart, he brings along his charming vet Tony, a man who makes Sally question her views on love and marriage.
UK PUBLISHER: Twenty7 Books
US PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 3rd September 2015