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Roam: A Novel with Music [Kindle Edition]

Alan Lazar
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They say you never forget your first love . . .

Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity, but Katey’s devotion to Nelson buoys the pup even as he worries his home may be falling apart.

But there are few things Nelson likes better than to follow a scent, and one day he follows his nose and gets lost . . . very lost. Though he searches frantically for Katey—and she for him—Nelson can’t seem to find his way home, and he soon realizes that if he’s ever to see his great love again, he must make his way on his own and try to survive in the wild.

Over the course of eight years, Roam follows Nelson as he crosses the country searching for his family. For a time he rides shotgun with a truck driver named Thatcher, then he lives in the woods with a pack of wolves. A terrible accident takes his hind leg, but Nelson’s strength and longing to find Katey keep him alive. Escaping death in a shelter, Nelson grows into an old dog with a cynical eye and a world-weary demeanor, but underneath it all, a fearless and courageous spirit. After all, he believes that one day he’ll make it home . . . and maybe, just maybe, he will. . . .

Much more than the story of one dog’s incredible journey, this is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love, which once again confirms the unbreakable bond between humans and their best friends. In the tradition of The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Roam is an unforgettable tale of love lost and found, the trials that test families, and an affirmation that no matter how far or how long you may travel, there’s always a place you can call home.

Editorial Reviews


"I loved the curious, adventurous spirit of Nelson. Roam shows some of the things I love most about dogs---their unconditional love, loyalty, instinct, connection to Mother Nature, and of course, their powerful noses! We can all learn and take something away from his journey." ---Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer


“Musician Lazar’s debut is a thoughtful portrayal of the dog’s worldview, emotions, and nature, written largely from one dog’s perspective and tracking his walkabout adventures across the country after his nose leads him away from his first owner and 'Great Love,' Katey…. A touching page-turner for dog lovers.” —Publisher's Weekly

"I loved the curious, adventurous spirit of Nelson. ROAM shows some of the things I love most about dogs--their unconditional love, loyalty, instinct, connection to Mother Nature, and of course, their powerful noses! We can all learn and take something away from his journey." —Cesar Millan, "The Dog Whisperer"

“Alan Lazar knows dogs, and to know a dog is to love a dog. ROAM compassionately explores and celebrates the heart and mind of man’s best friend and the special bond we share” —Patrick McDonnell, New York Times bestelling author of THE GIFT OF NOTHING

"With the mesmerizing simplicity of a classic silent film, ROAM tells the heart-breaking (and yes, heart-warming) story of Nelson, an adventurous and brave little dog as memorable as John Grogan's Marley, Kate DiCamillo's Winn-Dixie and even Chaplin's Little Tramp . Without a word of dialogue, Lazar tells an epic tale almost entirely from Nelson's point of view, but his canine hero's stirring quest is no different than Quixote's--a death-defying, wonder-inducing search for love." —David Frankel, director of “Marley and Me” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

"A canine version of Black Beauty." —Kirkus Reviews

“Lazar has crafted an adventure guaranteed to capture the interest of the reader—who hopes, like Nelson, that the dog will somehow make it home to Katey.” Bookpage

"Lazar's debut novel takes us on a harrowing canine journey where human beings can break the heart of a good dog---and yet the desire to live with and love humans is unquenchable." —Jacqueline Sheehan, NY Times bestselling author of Lost & Found

“Incredible journeys are a perennially popular subset of dog stories…and Lazar crafts a good one. He captures the interior and exterior lives of humans and dogs (and even wolves) with a sure hand." —Library Journal

“A sweet but simple tale, Lazar’s novel will appeal to animal lovers nostalgic for the stories of their youth." —Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 4347 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ACJ3W4U
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U7G76U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book November 6, 2011
I really hope this book finds an audience. I don't know if I've ever read a book that snuck up on me quite like this. It's about more than a dog who one day "roams" and goes on an adventure. In a way I felt like this was a kind of fable about the journey we all go on in our lives searching for a love and security we once felt, whether it was in our mother's arms or a lover's arms. There was something almost primal about this dog's story that moved me so much.

I think there's plenty to enjoy about this book on the surface. Nelson's adventures are funny, sad, scary, romantic - all the stuff of life. But this book achieves what all great art strives for; it works on different levels. At the end I found myself in tears and I don't cry very easily.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging whimsical tale of lost love November 1, 2011
Nelson the half beagle, half poodle lives with Katey and Don. The canine especially loves his Katey though he fears the marriage between her and Don is falling apart. When Don accidentally leaves a gate open, Nelson follows his nose and wanders outside the perimeter. However, he soon becomes lost and his frantic efforts to sniff his way back to his "Great Love" fail, but he never quits trying to find his Katey. Over the next few years, Nelson trucks with Thatcher and joins a wild wolf pack. As Nelson survives still seeking his beloved Katey, he loses a leg before a widower's young son saves him from state execution leaving his dream alive.

Roam is an engaging whimsical tale of lost love told mostly from the ultra loyal childlike canine perspective of charming Nelson. The hero is placed in several perilous situations, but his obsessive quest keeps him going. With seven songs (on the internet) enhancing Nelson's search, readers will never listen to Here Comes the Sun the same way again as we root for the determined dog to reunite with his lost Great Love.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Nelson is more than a dog. He is a tender soul with enough curiosity to lead him into enough mischief then one can imagine. After his curiosity gets the best of him and he finds himself lost, Nelson's adventures begin. His tenderness humanizes him as his life connects with others. The musical compositions adds an artistic dimension which engages your soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roam March 11, 2012
By Glad
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I actually loved this book!! Couldn't put it down - just had to see what happens next in this courageous little dogs life!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 19, 2012
I thought this was a great book. Different from other "roaming away from home" books. Intricate details of what it might be like from the dog's perspective. I laughed and cried and went away recommending to all my friends and Facebook fans. I do not think you will be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very great experience March 11, 2012
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It wss my first download on my new Amazon Kindle. I was happy to read this story, the author did a marelous
writing on feelings of the dog and the owner. It certainly in my opion, a turning page, I could hardly put
it down, the writer really gets your emotions going I felt I lived the experience. My dog loves the open
gate and will run till her heart has enough, but if she my dog knows the heartaches we feel and her own dangerous findings. She would curl up and stay beside me. It is a cruel world out there. I just loved the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional read for dog lovers. June 8, 2014
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I couldn't help but fall in love with Nelson, a courageous, hopeful, and loyal dog. Hug your dog tightly friends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. September 19, 2013
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I loved this book alot. The story kept going at a nice pace and you just didn't want to put it down until it was done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving sentimental love story
I read this book from the area library a couple of years ago and really loved it. I told so many people about it, that I noticed it was available for the Kindle and so ordered it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thomas Todd
4.0 out of 5 stars a great animal story
My wife and I read this book from the library and considered a good book as a birthday gift for our grandson in the 5th grade. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ColoradoCowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
I bought this book to give as a gift & was pleased that it looked so nice. The young man that received the book was thrilled.
Published 19 months ago by Karen L. Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Artless product
Not a bad story line, as story lines go. But written totally without art. I haven't heard the songs included at various points in the book, but the author should stay with his... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great!
Being a dog lover, I love books like Marley and Me and A Dogs Purpose so I was super excited to get my hands on this one. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. C. Goldenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A real tear jerker
This is one of the most touching & loving books I have ever read and I have read thousands of books. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cat
1.0 out of 5 stars Author needs to learn more about dogs
This is a childish book so full of errors about dogs, too much absurd sex, and pretty boring. Nelson is neutered! He has no testicles, he is a eunuch. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Janice Kyriakou
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful surprise!!
Well done, Mr Lazar!! You hooked me right away and I rapidly fell for Nelson!! And easily was captured by his curiosity and his description of his "Great Love"!! Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Jean E. Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable Good Read
I too was surprised by this book; I didn't think that I could get hooked so badly by it. It took me a while to start the book because I knew some of the events in the book from... Read more
Published on April 26, 2012 by TheBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I connected with this book from the very first. I've had dogs my whole life, but never really looked at things from their point of view. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Cherylcact
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More About the Author

Alan lives with his family and three dogs in Los Angeles, California. ROAM is his first novel.

Alan has scored more than 30 films and TV shows, including Sex and the City and An American Crime, starring Ellen Page and James Franco, and for which Catherine Keener received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination.



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