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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Staff Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein

Cover: 'The Art of Racing in the Rain'

★★★★★

Enzo loves his family, and loves car racing nearly as much. It just so happens that Enzo is also a dog. This is the story of Enzo reflecting back on his family, and how he sees the world, during his last moments on Earth. Does he want thumbs just like humans? Yes. Can he bark two times to tell Denny, his owner, to drive faster? Yes. Does he offer great insights on the human condition? Absolutely.  

Denny, his wife, Eve, and daughter, Zoe, make up Enzo's world. They are your typical family until Eve unexpectedly gets sick and dies, creating a battle to be fought between Denny and his in-laws over Zoe. The story is heart-wrenching,  as well as funny and philosophical. Enzo may just have humans figured out when it is his turn to leave. He believes until the end that this understanding will lead him to coming back as a human himself.

I just love this book!  This is my second or third time reading it, and it never gets old. The plot has something for everyone; suspense, love, heartbreak, humor, great insight, and dogs! I believe that this book is the closest thing that I have found that I can recommend to almost anybody. It is especially moving, so I do recommend reading with tissues nearby!

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction