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The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein

Rated: Moderate

Enzo is dying. As the hand of old age tightens its grip, he looks back on his life with the Swifts, a young middle-class family living in Seattle. Denny Swift is an up-and-coming race car driver, and racing is everything to Denny and Enzo until Eve and Zoe come along. At first Enzo does not like the new woman in Denny’s life and is even more uncertain of the the baby that comes shortly after. But Enzo will do anything he can to help protect them and love them. Because, after all, that is what a loyal dog does.

When I finished this book I hugged it to my chest and wiped away a few stray tears. That should tell you all you need to know. Enzo, though a dog, is a deeply human and compassionate narrator. His love for his family is touching, and the trials they all face together are heart-wrenching, and, in turn, their triumphs heartwarming. Wisdom, practical insight and humor grace almost every page. This is a book to cherish, remember and reread in a few years. I loved everything about it: story, writing, characters and ending. Highly recommended.

Rated: Moderate: Some foul language, including the occasional F-word. A few mild sex scenes and sexual references.

— Reviewed by Teri Harman

Teri Harman is an author, reader and book enthusiast. Her young adult novel, Blood Moon, was published by Jolly Fish Press in summer 2013. She writes a biweekly column, Book Matters, for ksl.com and also contributes a monthly book segment to KSL’s #1 lifestyle show, Studio 5.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain
  • by Garth Stein
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Fiction
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