To dance with the white dog

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Pocket Books, Nov 1, 1991 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Sam Peek's children are worried. Since that "saddest day" when Cora, his beloved wife of fifty-seven good years, died, no one knows how he will survive. How can this elderly man live alone on his farm? How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields to care for his few rows of pecan trees? And when Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as the pure driven snow -- that seems invisible to everyone but him -- his children think that grief and old age have finally taken their toll.

But whether the dog is real or not, Sam Peek -- "one of the smartest men in the South when it comes to trees" -- outsmarts them all. Sam and the White Dog will dance from the pages of this bittersweet novel and into your heart, as they share the mystery of life, and begin together a warm and moving final rite of passage.

Winner of the Southeastern Library Association's Outstanding Author Award.

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In general, I like this style of fiction, where the author writes in simplistic sentences and a matter-of-fact voice, so I was taken from the beginning. The e-book preface and end notes added to my ... Read full review

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Marvelous story of an elderly couple and their family told from the perspective of the husband. This story provoke beautiful image and strong emotions as the main character chronicles the last months of his life. Many laughs as well. Read full review


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Terry Kay's works include the Emmy Award-winning teleplay Run Down the Rabbit and the novels The Year the Lights Came On, After Eli, Dark Thirty, and To Dance with the White Dog. His newest novel, The Valley of Light, is available in hardcover from Atria Books. Terry Kay lives in Georgia. You can visit his website at

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