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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

I actually read the book “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein a year ago but every time I see the cover I think “everyone should read this book-or at least all dog lovers”. I cannot explain how much I loved the book and the dog named Enzo that stars in it. Before I go any further I must inform you that Enzo does pass away in the end but he lived a good life and he was ready to go. I cried anyway! This story is written from Enzo’s point of view (but it is not cutesy) and he is a smart dog. Enzo attributes most of his intelligence to the fact that he spends a lot of time watching documentaries and other educational TV. His owner, Denny, is a race car driver who drives in endurance races. Denny loses his wife to illness and is barely keeping afloat financially. On top of all this, he has to wage a custody battle for his daughter with his late wife’s evil parents. Everything turns out fine in the end for Denny and his daughter Zoe. The last chapter will almost do you in as you read it and Enzo can barely walk or eat anymore-but he is so excited to pass away because he believes that he will come back as a man. I know there’s a lot of books out there starring dogs (some fact, some fiction) but I believe this one is a cut above the rest.

Stacy W.

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