The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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Told through the eyes of a dying dog named Enzo, The Art of Racing in the Rain recounts the happy yet tumultuous life Enzo had with his loving race car-driving owner Denny.

Enzo and Denny are like two peas in a pod: Denny is never without Enzo and they share one common love: race car driving (is it ok to have two colons in one sentence?). Denny is an amateur race car driver, making Enzo his biggest fan.

As Denny begins to build a family, Enzo is swept up in the excitement. But then something happens to Eva, and it shatters Denny’s and Enzo’s lives forever.

Thoughts: Incredibly heartwarming story of a duo that you can’t help but cheer on. Such an unfortunate turn of events in the later half of the story — I was furious with the accusations made against Denny. I didn’t cry, as many reported they did when reading this book, but it was still a book worth reading.

*My copy is the 2014 Harper Olive Perennial edition. I own Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in these printed editions as well.

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