The Art of Racing in the Rain (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

  

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Wonderful book with an memorable ending. - LibraryThing
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This book has been in my TBR pile for a long time. For some reason, I was motivated to read it today, and I am glad I did. What an incredibly moving book! I'm not really sure where to start because ... Read full review

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I admire Garth Stein's imagination. The book really started for me somewhere near the middle. And although I found the two main characters engaging, it was predictable. Petrea Burchard Camelot & Vine Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
30
Section 2
38
Section 3
48
Section 4
62
Section 5
68
Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
252
Section 18
258
Section 19
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Section 20
278
Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
128
Section 11
132
Section 12
148
Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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About the author (2009)

Garth Stein is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain), How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.

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