The Art of Racing In the Rain

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.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

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Deby B.

Great book!5 star

2nd time I’ve read it! Now I want to see the movie!!! 55


Tremendous read5 star

Wonderful 55


Love5 star

I read this book years ago and I love it so much, I devoured it in 2 days.... 55


This is no pg book5 star

The premise is fantastic though the kind of book of where you can’t stop reading 55

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4.55 star

Love the story, I’m not into Nascar but I love dogs, drama and romance. 55


The Art of Racing in the Rain5 star

This book melted my heart. I have a very busy schedule and, though I love to read, often it is hard to find the time. From the moment I began this book, I knew I had to see it through until the end. It simply wouldn’t let me go. It really grabs you. I will never look at my dog the same way again. I was moved to tears several times. 55


A story, wonderfully told5 star

I love this book!! I could not put it down, even though I wanted to spend more time with Enzo!! As someone who gives animals more credit for their intelligence, integrity and ability to communicate, than most people do, Enzo is a complete being! He shares his view of the world, his people, and his desires freely with us as he tells the story of his “master” Denny, his friend, his hero. He explains that heroes have flaws, which are important to their story, and proceeds to show Denny’s to us, with their long-term repercussions. Denny meets these challenges head-on, and rises above them with grace despite his agony. If I were an English teacher, I might choose to use this book along side the classics of English or American literature! It is an engaging tale, told brilliantly, using an unusual narrator, with the very versatile, appealing thematic device of car racing which could engage students, and with all the major themes of great literature: man vs God, man vs man, man’s inhumanity to man, good character triumphing over evil, .... Rich! It is a rich story! Beautifully told! I highly recommend it! 55


Funny and Moving!5 star

This book is amazing. It's so written beautifully and hilariously it will be hard to put it down, even through the tear jerker moments. Great work Garth. Great work! 55


Great book, movie in the works!!5 star

Just ran into one of the actors and producers of the movie adaptation for this book. It’s gonna be pretty awesome. 55


So Beautiful5 star

Beautifully written. This is one of those stories that changes you and makes you a better person. 55


Art of Racing in the Rain5 star

Loved this book! It gave me a good look at life! 55


Best book I've ever read!!5 star

This book was a mixture of sadness, heart filled, and compassionate feelings. I could feel Denny's depression, and I really felt sad for him when he was going through his hard times. Really really really good ending. 55


Inspiration5 star

People who have dogs will totally get this book. 55


Wow5 star

I am crying as I am writing this, so please excuse me. But this is the best heart-touching, mind-blowing, humorous, clever book that has been written. This book moves me. I love it. I shared it on Facebook a while ago, following 10 of my friends commented saying it is "one of the best books they have read". I am telling you. This book is one of the best books ever written. Bravo to the Author! He is very creative and clever with his writing. I am so pleased I chose to buy the book. This is a Must Read Book. 55


Art of Racing in the Rain5 star

Mesmerizing!!! I read the entire book in one night!! Could not put it down! 55


Great book!5 star

Loved it! It's a great read for dog lovers! 55


The Art of Racing in the Rain5 star

Great story 55


The Art of Racing in The Rain5 star

Enjoyed how the story kept you engaged. Was so in love with the main characters right off! A friend recommended this to me after I told her about our dog who is still with us. This really helped, thank you. It inspired me in other ways too. I appreciate that. I'm definitely going to recommend it to my friends. 55


Amazing read!5 star

Absolutely AMAZING read! I'm not a racing fan at all but this is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. 55

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