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The art of racing in the rain : a novel
2008
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Characters
Enzo (Male), Dog, Labrador terrier, Rides in a racing car with Denny; wants to be reborn as a man; wants to be able to drive cars like Denny
Denny Swift (Male), Race car driver, Married, Father, Enzo's owner; takes Enzo in the car with him when he races; competes in professional racing
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Animal
Sports
Topics
Dogs
Pets
Automobile racing
Professional sports
Family relationships
Comapnionship
Human-animal relationships
Setting
Washington - West (U.S.)
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  Library Journal Review

At the end of his life, a dog thinks fondly of his master (a racing-car driver) and expresses the wish to be -human. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

If you've ever wondered what your dog is thinking, Stein's third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries Eve, has a daughter, Zoe, and risks his savings and his life to make it on the professional racing circuit. Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny's old racing videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both driving and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough narrator, though the string of Denny's bad luck stories strains believability. Much like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
<p>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STARRING MILO VENTIMIGLIA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, AND KEVIN COSTNER</p> <p>MEET THE DOG</p> <p>WHO WILL SHOW THE WORLD</p> <p>HOW TO BE HUMAN</p> <p>The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein--a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.</p> <p>"Splendid." --People</p> <p>"The perfect book for anyone who knows that compassion isn't only for humans, and that the relationship between two souls who are meant for each other never really comes to an end. Every now and then I'm lucky enough to read a novel I can't stop thinking about: this is one of them." --Jodi Picoult</p> <p>"It's impossible not to love Enzo." --Minneapolis Star Tribune</p> <p>"This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human. I loved this book." --Sara Gruen</p>
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