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One of the Most Beautifully Written Books You'll Ever Read
on August 3, 2015
This is quite possibly one of the most well-written beautiful novels I have ever read and I am a book critic by trade. I reviewed nearly 100 books as a paid newspaper reviewer, full length reviews, and there were over 70 writers on my staff as books editor and this book -- THIS BOOK -- affected me in more ways than any book in over 10 years of reading. It is not a dog lover's book but having a dog will elevate the reading experience for you. This is a book about life after death, about hope, about the importance of paying attention to life's details. It is incredible. I have given copies of the book to at least a dozen people. I should have recommended it earlier but frankly, I rarely do Amazon reviews, sometimes on a boring Sunday morning while I watch the news, I'll do random bits of reviewing.
The storyline of this novel is intricate and carefully woven like the threads of a fine silk tapestry. For a person who writes book reviews for a living, this book left me speechless... it's a wonderful book. It's the "To Kill a Mockingbird" of this era and should be read by everyone. I love Garth Stein for writing and hope to someday tell him in person how much reading this book after my mother died (at 93) meant to me. She was ready to go and I somehow knew I'd see her again ... read the book and you'll know what I mean.