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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671726730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671726737
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terry Kay is a perfect writer for those who love to read. His prose contains music and passion and fire. His work is tender and heartbreaking and memorable." (New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy)

"This short book moves like poetry....A loving eulogy to old age....A tender celebration of life, made poignant by death being so close at hand." (Los Angeles Times)

"Manages to texture a plethora of everyday details with a kind of subtle, supernatural resonance." (Kirkus Reviews)

"To Dance with the White Dog is what literature is -- or should be -- all about....Kay is simply a miraculous writer....This book...burns with life." (Anne Rivers Siddons)

"A hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships" (The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu)

"A master storyteller." (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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New York Times bestselling author Pat ConroyTerry Kay is a perfect writer for those who love to read. His prose contains music and passion and fire. His work is tender and heartbreaking and memorable.

Anne Rivers SiddonsTo Dance with the White Dog is what literature is -- or should be -- all about....Kay is simply a miraculous writer....This book...burns with life.

The Most Reverend Desmond M. TutuA hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships.

Los Angeles TimesThis short book moves like poetry....A loving eulogy to old age....A tender celebration of life, made poignant by death being so close at hand. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The story is well written and beautiful.
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I loved this book for its simple presentation and believable characters about a subject most of us are or will be familiar with sometime in our lives.
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This book definitely kept me going until the very end.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Carole Imes on July 24, 2003
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I recently attended a writers conference in Athens, GA where Terry Kay was one of the speakers at an all day session. I had seen the Hallmark series production of Kay's "To Dance With the White Dog" when it was on TV in the early '90s and remember being very inspired by the story; however, I never read the book. I purchased an autographed copy at the conference and dug right into it on the long ride home. I'm so happy that I had the chance to be re-introduced to this tender story. As well as being inspirational, this is one of the best character-driven novels I've ever read. Based on the author's own parents and set in the deep South, it tells of an old man who has recently lost his wife, leaving him to feel very much alone and lost. A white dog appears shortly after her death, almost as if by magic! Strangely, the dog makes its appearance only when the old man is present. Thus when he mentions it to his married daughters and sons, they can't help but think their father is starting to get senile. One day when the man has a sudden attack and collapses, one of the daughters who lives in the neighborhood sees the dog in her father's yard, almost as if to alert that there's trouble inside. Then they know--the dog is real. But just the same, they continue to fuss and dote over their father, worrying about his every move. The author paints a remarkable and realistic picture of each character in the novel, and he'll have you laughing, crying and most of all wondering--who is the "White Dog" and where did she come from? I can't say enough good things about this heartwarming and tender story. Buy the book and see for yourself!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2001
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My father loaned me his copy of To Dance with the White Dog and kept bugging me until I started reading it. Of course, once I started, I couldn't put it down. After finishing the book, I understood why he was so persistent. In a few more years, the main character in the book will be my father. I bought my own copy to read again to remind me when the time comes that my father is not a child and he doesn't need me to hover over him. Anyone with aging parents will benefit greatly from this book. I highly recommend it.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2001
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The book that I read was To Dance With the White Dog by Terry Kay. It's a fiction, young-adult novel about an old man (Sam Peek) whose wife died of a heart attack and who now lives by himself. His children are constantly worried about him since he lives alone and there is no one to help him. But, one day, a mysterious white dog shows up at his porch door, a stray he assumes, and becomes his companion from then on. One strange thing about that dog though; she never shows herself in front of anyone except Sam. This book is pretty much about the rest of his life alone, and with his dog, White Dog. I really enjoyed this novel because it is unlike any I have ever read before. It is beautifully written and deep. Sam keeps reminiscing about his lost wife, the love he and her shared, and his youth. It's a very sad, yet beautiful book. "The reunion lunch was being served at Morgan County High School, and Martha Dunaway Kerr was persiding with dignity over the sparse gathering of old people, but he was glad he was not amoung them. If Cora had lived, if Cora had been with him, it would have mattered; without her, it did not." -page 156. This quote from the book is very powerful to me. It expresses Sam's deep sadness of his wife's death and how much he really misses her. However, this book might not be for everyone. It's a kind of depressing piece of literature; so some may not enjoy it as much.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patti on July 6, 2011
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An old man, Sam Peek, has just lost his wife Cora, and his grown children are concerned that he can't take care of himself. Sound familiar? When Sam starts talking about a white dog that no one else has seen, his daughters become increasingly convinced that their father is sinking into dementia. The dog is real, though, and Sam, still in possession of his sense of humor, gets a kick out of inventing dog sightings, just to enjoy his family's horrified reaction. His feistiness gets out of hand, however, when he takes off on a road trip to a college reunion, without telling anyone where he's going. Though a little fearful of the consequences, I enjoyed his pranks, while at the same time, I felt that his kids were very justified in their concern. He may be in command of his faculties, but his judgment is not sound at all. This book is very eloquent in its rendition of this balancing act that many of us have to perform with our aging parents--keeping them safe without threatening their freedom. I thought that the book was a little bit lightweight and too fable-like, but I always enjoy reading about familiar places, particularly in Georgia. Elberton, Madison and Athens all get a mention, so that the setting is just as familiar as the storyline.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2000
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This is one of those rare, perfect books that will stay with you for the rest of your life. A bittersweet premise (the prospect of growing old and dying), the book is filled with hope and love and the promise of more to come. The characters (especially the main character and his wife) are unforgettably lovable and people who run the gamut of emotions. The plot never slows, and it speaks straight to the heart. This is a special book that can stand on its own with no special effects needed. Although I'd call it "quiet," it packs an emotional wallop, but one you'll love. Anyone who's really loved will both laugh and cry when reading this book, and I can guarantee one thing--no one will ever forget it. Buy it, cherish it, give it to someone you DEARLY love. This is definitely an American classic and storytelling at its best. Sheer magic!
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