If you’re determined to avoid any books guaranteed to trigger tears, then forget The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I, however, am a sucker for an exceptional dog story and accustomed to the accompanying waterworks. From White Fang through Marley and Me to A Dog Year, the unconditional love, loyalty and goodness of (wo)man’s best friend keep me coming back for more.
This is Enzo’s story as he shares his thoughts and wisdom, and, yes, I know it sounds hokey, but trust me when I say that there is absolutely nothing trite about this book. The “art of racing in the rain” refers to a professional driver’s ability to handle his car and deftly negotiate a hazardous track during inclement weather—something at which Denny excels. But even Denny needs Enzo’s support to survive the challenging road of life.