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The art of racing in the rain - Garth Stein

This story of the Swift family as told by their dog Enzo is a story of heartache and struggles but not so different than many other family stories. What makes this story different is that Enzo the dog tells the story. Enzo gives us his philosophy of life as he tells us about Denny, racing, TV watching and then marriage to Eve and the addition of the daughter Zoë. You know this is going to be a sad story when you start reading it because Enzo tells you that he is ready to die and is trying to get Denny to take him to the veterinary for his last trip but there is more tragedy than Enzo’s nearing death. Enzo is a wonderful dog and any dog lover will love Enzo and see characteristics of their own dog in Enzo. It was especially poignant for me as my lab, Belle, is 13 and she is suffering with arthritis and life is becoming harder and harder for her. The narration is good the music used to divide segments of the book was rather annoying but not a big deal.