The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain (Paperback)

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This is one of the best books I’ve read recently. I resisted picking it up because I didn’t think there was room in the world for another “my dog changed my life” book. This is different. Enzo is not another precious dog; he’s a character I’d like to hang out with. This book will break your heart and give you hope. I have loved a dog, been loved by a dog and (a little brag here) driven a racecar on a track. Garth Stein makes me want to do those things again and then tell everybody about it.

--Sydne, Atlanta

If you like dogs, you will LOVE this book. It's told from the viewpoint of a dog. He believes he will be reincarnated as a human (he saw it on TV once) so he tries to act more human. He wants to help his family with their problems, but he can only watch their trouble unfold and lament his lack of opposable thumbs.

--Sheri, Raleigh


A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of three novels, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He has also worked as a documentary filmmaker and lives in Seattle with his family.

Praise for The Art of Racing in the Rain…

“Fans of Marley & Me, rejoice.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“The perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn’t only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls...meant for each other never really comes to an end.”
-Jodi Picoult

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and--most especially--the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human.”
-Sara Gruen, Author of Water for Elephants

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.”
-Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True

“One of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach’s ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull,’ Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist,’ and Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi.’”
-Portland Oregonian

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061537969
ISBN-13: 9780061537967
Published: Harper Perennial
Pages: 336
Language: English