A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

A Three Dog Life

byAbigail Thomas

Kobo ebook | February 1, 2007

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When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.

Title:A Three Dog LifeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156033062

ISBN - 13:9780156033060

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would give it 10 stars if I could... I just loved this book. Anyone who has suffered a terrible loss, and is told "I don't know how you're so strong..." will love this book - because Abigail understands that you don't really have a choice, you just carry on and pull strength from any source available - like our four-legged friends. I have had many Three Dog episodes in life, and reading her story made me feel less alone. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Memoir! Abigail and her husband Rich lived happily in Manhattan. On April 24, 2000 while Rich is out walking their dog, he is hit by a car and sustains a traumatic brain injury. His skull was shattered, his perception of time and reality forever altered. After being hospitalized, Rich is moved to a home where they had experience caring for people with traumatic brain injuries. Abigail lives alone with her 3 dogs and visits Rich regularly but she never knows from one day to the next how she will find him. Rich has no short term memory whatsoever and can’t even remember what he did five minutes ago. In this memoir, Abigail captures not only the experience of watching a loved one slip into an unreachable world, but also the amazing strength and courage it takes to face life’s darkest nights alone. In reading this book it made me think about how well or not well I would handle my life after such a tragic loss. Lots to think about in this beautifully written memoir!
Date published: 2011-02-11