One Good Dog Paperback – February 1, 2011
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“Those who ate up Marley and Me will want to check out Wilson's novel, which follows a disgraced millionaire who finds a friend in a scruffy pit bull.” ―EntertainmentWeekly.com
“…a love story between man and dog…you'll cry at the end.” ―USA Today
“One Good Dog belongs on the top of everyone's reading list.” ―Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)
“Nowhere can we see the potential for our own redemption more clearly than in the eyes of our dog. Susan Wilson illustrates this truth poignantly and beautifully in this story of second chances.” ―Tami Hoag, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Secrets to the Grave
“Fans of Marley and Me will find a new dog to cheer for in Wilson's (Beauty ) insightful heart-tugger...Chance tells his story in his own words, which makes his mistreatment and return to the fighting pit powerfully disturbing. Combined with Wilson's unflinching portrayal of Adam's struggle to overcome his past, Old Yeller 's got nothing on this very good man and his dog story.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[One Good Dog] is a finely wrought story of second chances and also of the power of the human/canine bond, the amazing and myriad ways in which dogs can touch and make better people's lives. As Chance himself so aptly puts it, 'What else could I have done? I'm only canine, I had to help'.” ―Bark Magazine
“[One Good Dog] evokes both laughter and tears, but the ending assures you that humans and dogs are capable of redemption.” ―Library Journal
“Susan Wilson's evocative and deeply moving novel reminds us that even the most unlikely human can also find redemption, sometimes, with a little help from a canine friend.” ―Melissa Jo Peltier, New York Times bestselling co-author of Cesar's Way
“One Good Dog equals one great book!” ―Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Purrfect Murder
“One Good Dog will make you cry, will make you laugh, will make you feel things more than you thought possible---and it will make you believe in second chances.” ―Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors and A Wolf at the Table
“One Good Dog is a wonderful novel of healing and redemption.” ―Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of Dog on It
“Anybody who has ever loved a dog---or been ‘a pack of two,' as Chance so aptly puts it ---will love One Good Dog. . . . I hope Susan Wilson sits and stays---forever.” ―Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of SAVE ME
“One Good Dog is a terrific book that held me from beginning to end!” ―Iris Johansen, New York Times #1 bestselling author of EVE
“I was so moved by Susan Wilson's writing: her understanding of the lost, in the language of the wild.” ―Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Blue Sea For Beginners
About the Author
Susan Wilson is the bestselling author of books including Cameo Lake and Beauty, a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast," which was made into a CBS-TV movie. She lives on Martha's Vineyard.
- ASIN : 0312662955
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312662950
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312662950
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #855,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Telling of the story from the Dogs point of view was fantastic and very interesting. The story line between two broken individuals was heart inspiring and gave me a look from a different point of view.
I would whole heartily recommend this book. Be carful, you might learn something about yourself.
The story is really two stories. Half of the book details our hero Adam March's rise and fall within corporate America. Without giving anything anyway, Adam suffers a nervous breakdown at work which results in him losing his job. This starts a cascade of events that eventually results in Adam losing everything. The rest of this story chronicles his comeback from the abyss, as well as offering glimpses into his background that explain the reason why he is who is.
The other half of the story is told from from the perspective of a Pitt bull who started his life out as dog fighter. He is eventually rescued, and adopted by Adam March. The rest of the story chronicles the bonding process between this dog and Adam in beautiful detail. As a dog owner and animal lover, I found everything that the author described as far as the dog's thinking to be extremely believable, and not unreasonable.
In short, this story was extremely moving, and I found myself tearing up at several points in the book. I have a few key takeaways after reading this story - (1) Don't judge a book by it's cover. Pitt bulls are great dogs, and I think if you are able and in the market for a great dog, you should consider taking one of these guys into your home, and (2) dog fighting is abomination, and those engaged in this practice should be thrown in prison for life.