The Art of Racing in the Rain
Why this book?
Love. Humor. Grief. Perseverance. Tragedy and loss. Yes, these are topics one might find beautifully detailed in many well-authored novels. This one is special because these human conditions are told from a dog’s perspective and it’s completely believable. The chronicles of Enzo’s existence are impeccably penned. Sharing his canine perspective with such realism is a feat of sheer mastery. Why? Because the lessons Stein strives to communicate are more palpable and poignant coming from an innocent and ego-less dog. We humans know we will never reach those virtues that dogs wear so effortlessly, and so we listen with a more open heart.
As an author, knowing that my readers hear what I’m trying to say is a highly ranked goal. Stein achieves that in this earnest story.