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A Three Dog Life Paperback – September 10, 2007
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This book is sweet, poignant, and beautiful. It is also gut-wrenchingly honest and realistic about the author's attempts to cope with her life after her husband has a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). He gets hit by a car while walking their dog and their lives are never the same. This memoir is about the author's life and marriage after the accident and for the next five years, until the present day. I loved reading it. I haven't really ever read a book like it.
The author builds herself a life, accompanied by what ends up being three dogs altogether. She still takes joy in her marriage, such as it is. I wish I could put into words how beautiful this book is, but I can't. It is a lovely book with mature topics (grieving, survivor guilt, etc.) for adults or especially mature teens. Highest recommendations.
As for Thomas' relationship with her three dogs, she describes it beautifully. I would think any dog owner, as I am, can relate to the description of bed-crowding and jostling for the most attention, but mainly to the bond that forms between human and animal.
Thomas's writing is poetic, courageous, and raw. Her story is the pain and joy of the human condition distilled in a small volume. Thomas weaves a new cloth of love from what was and what is now, looking for the meaning of life in the simple and the mundane, and appreciating both with keen insight. Abigail Thomas, the woman, discovers hard and wonderful truths about herself, and is wise enough to learn from her husband the infinite value of just one moment of life, lived in the present. As a writer, she shares generously with us the wisdom she has aquired, but did not ask for.
Although this book looks at tragedy head-on, it is filled with beauty and humor. I laughed out loud, as well as cried while reading it. And when I finished it, I immediately started it over again.
A Three Dog Life is a gift of a read, but to one who loves someone with a traumatic brain injury, it is a measure of sanity in a life forever changed. She "gets it" and writes honestly and poignantly about this journey, a rare combination.
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In Frost's "The Oven Bird," that avian singer almost speaks,
"The question that he frames in all but words / Is what to make of a diminished thing. Read more
A soul-baring memoir. Brutally honest. The ending was abrupt, not at all what I was expecting. Overall an eye opener to the suffering and the ways in which one woman copes with... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joyce E Stearns
Good story about a woman and her ability to manage through some tough times with the help of her canine buddies. I always love a good dog story.Published 6 months ago by Laura Werley
I love Abigail Thomas and everything she writes. I wish we were neighbors.Published 6 months ago by Maureen Buley
Well, 3.5 stars is probably more accurate. This story of how the author and her severely brain-injured husband coped with the tragedy of his accident really has relatively little... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William E. Adams