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The smartest character in Nelson's latest is, unfortunately, Stella, a dog who speaks to her master, the sad, divorced, and listless writer Paul, often commenting on his lack of drive and the hours he logs at the local dive (Do you realize you're only slightly less routinized than a cat?). But when Paul's dad, a former Minneapolis teacher of the year, has a stroke, Paul heads home to deal with his family and his demons, leaving behind the elderly Stella and his noncommittal girlfriend, Tamsen. Paul's two worlds never meet, though his overachieving brother, Carl, and married-with-children sister, Bits, inflict their share of damage. Everything changes, though, when Paul's father begins using an instant messaging program to communicate, and after Paul unloads to his dad about his problems, his dad (literally) spells out the answer: quit drinking. Paul takes the advice, and his sobriety ends up being a cure-all. This unfortunately pat twist undermines the work Nelson put into the earlier parts of the book, and what's supposed to be a feel-good ending comes across as cheap. The characters—Stella especially—deserve better. (Apr.)
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Wow--I just happened to pick this book up, and I am so glad that I did! I loved the writing, the characters, and the story--Highly recommended!!!Published 3 months ago by Amy S. Aukema
If you have a dog, read this. It gives you a different perspective on what your poochie is thinking when you leave the house. Read morePublished 10 months ago by LulaGirl
Thoroughly enjoyed this sad, happy, funny book.Stella was so wise and helpful.
Hope Pete keeps writing. A good read.Concern for each other was an encouraging theme.
I Thought You Were Dead is well paced, and builds the characters well, but suffers from poor conflict resolution. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr Foss
Funny and heartbreaking, this book introduces characters that are vulnerable, caring and troubled. I had no difficulty believing in Stella's ability to converse and advise and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Katherine Jay
The book was given to me by a friend. I ended up buying the digital version because it's much easier to read in bed (no light needed). it's a fun book! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susan Jones
Such a special relationship between these two and so relateable. Most of us have had a dog that rates this kind of acknowledgement. I loved the book!Published 20 months ago by James P. Revard
This book was recommended by a friend. I wasn't sure if I would like a "talking dog" book, but since that approach wasn't overdone, it worked for me. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Annie Reader
After I read my neighbor's copy I bought one for myself so that I could loan it to my multitude of dog-loving friends (those without paws).Published on July 12, 2013 by ces