Seeing as Garth Stein is a speaker at Colorado State this weekend, I though it would be a good time to talk about his novel The Art of Racing in the Rain. A novel that is a must read for anyone who has a furry, four-legged canine best friend.
Enzo, a dog, serves as the storyteller in this novel. Within the first few pages of the book, tears streamed down my face. You see, as the book opens Enzo is at the end of his life. For me this is rather poignant at the moment. Enzo realizes he is approaching his end, and delves into remembering the times of his life. He finds comfort in his end because he believes he will be reincarnated as a human. His belief stems from beliefs in Mongolian culture that he witnessed on the television. Enzo takes the reader back to his first meeting of Denny (a racecar driver looking for his big break), through his strained relationship with Eve (Denny’s wife), his role of guardian of Denny’s child Zoe, and a confidant for the whole family as Eve is diagnosed with a deadly disease.
This book will deliver laughs, tears and heartache, but ultimately it will deliver a warmth in your heart and a smile on your face. Go hug your dog, and then go pick get a copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain.