Judy Budnitz

Judy Budnitz is the author of a novel, If I Told You Once, and two story collections: Flying Leap and Nice Big American Baby. LA Opera has turned “Dog Days” into a contemporary opera, of which the New York Times writes, “It’s only a matter of time before this riveting show is confirmed as a groundbreaking American classic.”

Dog Days

THE MAN IN THE DOG SUIT whines outside the door. “Again?” sighs my mother. “Where’s my gun?” says my dad. “We’ll take care of it this time,” my older brothers say. They go outside. We hear the shouts and the…