Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
Published: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd
No. Pages: 336
Themes: Love, life, loss
The Art of Racing in the Rain is the story of a family’s journey through life told through the eyes of their beloved dog Enzo. Stein’s personification of Enzo throughout this novel brings a beautiful innocence to the telling of a story that is both heartwarming and heartwrenching.
Enzo is used to having his owner Denny all to himself, but when he marries Eve, Enzo has to adjust to sharing the time and attention he is accustomed to. As Denny and Eve’s lives unfold, and they welcome their daughter Zoe into the world, Enzo comes to love them all dearly, so when tragedy strikes and all their lives are turned upside down, Enzo’s unconditional love helps them through. At times you will cry, but at others you will catch yourself laughing out loud. I think everybody will enjoy this book, but particularly so if you love animals or have a pet of your own! Stein’s reflections on life, love and loss are made all the more poignant by the telling of this family’s story through the childlike innocence of Enzo’s eyes. Here is a trailer from YouTube: