Zoology : Henry likes to think of himself as a promising jazz musician. The truth, however, is considerably less glamorous. At 18, he's dropped out of university, lives at home with his bickering parents, and spends most of his time with the family dog. So when his brother offers to put him up in his New York City apartment for the summer, Henry leaps at the chance to start living the life of his dreams . . . In the Big Apple, Henry lands a job at the Central Park Children's Zoo. While he chops vegetables and shovels dung, he falls in love: romantically with Margaret, the alluringly wholesome girl next door; and platonically with Newman, the zoo's stoic Nubian goat, in whom he confides. As the long, hot months unfold in a haze of jazz bars, ill-advised affection and hard truths about family, Henry learns what it is to love - and to lose - in this hilarious, inventive and touching debut novel.