The September choice for my evening book group was The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I had not read it before, mostly because I am not an "animal person" and didn't care to read a story told by a dog. Well, I have learned a lesson...be more open...if a book is touted as good, try it!
The story is told by Enzo, a lab terrier, whose owner is Denny, a race care driver. Enzo shares Denny's love of racing and follows racing as closely as his owner. Enzo loves to watch TV and the taped races that Denny watches. Denny marries Eve and they have a daughter, Zoe. Enzo is constantly frustrated that he can't speak because there is so much that he could tell Denny about what is going on, and, besides that, Enzo has many questions that he cannot ask! He also laments his lack of opposable thumbs.
Enzo has learned from TV that when dogs die, they return to earth as a person. He is anxious for that to occur and hopes that when he would return he would be able to meet up with Denny. When Eve starts not feeling well, Enzo is unable to tell Denny what is happening with her. Things continue to fall apart and Enzo stays faithful to Denny, trying to help him through the rough patches.
Some of the story is hard to swallow, primarily because Denny allows things to happen, especially with his in-laws, but all-in-all, the story is a good one and you just can't help but love Enzo!
All in all, some good reading. Now I am returning to another mystery of Greg Iles!