The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

Paperback | June 9, 2009

byGarth Stein

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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

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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The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback. A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs),...

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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.

Garth Stein is the author ofEnzo Races in the Rain!, based on theNew York Timesbestselling novelThe Art of Racing in the Rain(and its tween adaptation,Racing in the Rain). His other works includeA Sudden Light,How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets,Raven Stole the Moon, and a play,Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:June 9, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061537969

ISBN - 13:9780061537967

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“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.”