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The art of racing in the rain: a novel

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The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein-a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog's efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

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Full title art of racing in the rain
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Last Update 2018-05-24 11:11:36AM
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Automobile racing drivers -- Fiction, Dogs -- Fiction, Experimental fiction, Large type books
title_display The art of racing in the rain : a novel
title_full The Art of Racing in the Rain A Novel, The art of racing in the rain : a novel / Garth Stein, The art of racing in the rain [sound recording] / Garth Stein, The art of racing in the rain [text (large print)] : a novel / Garth Stein
title_short The art of racing in the rain :
title_sub a novel
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