The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

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The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein–a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061780301
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 49,548
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Garth Stein is the author of Enzo Races in the Rain!, based on the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain). His other works include A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.


Seattle, Washington, USA

Date of Birth:

December 6, 1964

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


BA Columbia University, Columbia College, '87, MFA Columbia University, School of the Arts, '90

What People are Saying About This

Jodi Picoult

“The perfect book for anyone who knows that some of our best friends walk beside us on four legs; that compassion isn’t only for humans; and that the relationship between two souls...meant for each other never really comes to an end.”

Wally Lamb

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and—best of all—the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair.”

Sara Gruen

“The Art of Racing in The Rain has everything: love, tragedy, redemption, danger, and—most especially—the canine narrator Enzo. This old soul of a dog has much to teach us about being human.”

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vivico1 More than 1 year ago
Most people are saying, if you're a dog lover, you will love this book. Do NOT miss out reading or recommending this story by limiting it to only dog lovers or racing fans. I have no dogs and know little of racing. This book transcends both! It will also make you a fan of both. Garth Stein has written a wonderful book about a great character, a dog named Enzo, whom I came to love and hang on his every thought. Enzo has a better grasp of life than most people do, even if ironically, he wants to be a human. There are life lessons here that will stay with you and put a smile on your face and in your heart as you learn about living for today and how we choose to live today. You will be wondering about a couple of things, what am I manifesting in my life to bring joy into it and, what the heck is my dog or cat thinking anyway?? This is a wonderfully inspiring and entertaining book. Two barks for Enzo! And FIVE stars for Garth Stein for a most delightful reading EXPERIENCE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It left me in all sorts of moods by the end of the day. One day id read for about an hour or two and be done with sad thoughts of the book, and other days id read for up to five hours and feel chipper on the inside. It is told through the eyes and ears of a dog who likes to compare life to racing in the rain. But hes not just an ordinary dog, he believes that he will be reincarnated as a man. I am also proud to say that this is my favorite book so far in life. Even though i may be nothing but a 6th grader and probably wont take my opinion, i loved this book and i think you should read it! Probably like everyone else, this book left me pondering the thought "what would my dog say to me if he could talk" and "what would i do as my dog self." I hope you take my advice because it will pay of. Oh, and Enzo says hi!
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Enzo, a philosopher-dog with terrier/lab origins, has one wish: to be reincarnated as a human. Enzo's owner, Denny, is a semi-professional race car driver who talks to him like he's his equal, so Enzo is well-versed in the art of racing, particularly in the rain. Enzo and Denny watch in-car race videos of Denny's races, and the rest of Enzo's education comes from countless hours of television (some educational, some not).

Enzo admits that he's frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate with humans, from his too-floppy tongue that fails to form words to his lack of opposable thumbs that won't allow him to open doors. He tries to conquer his animal instincts around Denny's young daughter Zoe (no biting and no chasing), and struggles to love Denny's wife Eve, whom he sees as competition. When multiple tragedies strike Denny's home, Enzo is as supportive as he can be under the circumstances. Towards the end of his life, he is reflective about his mission on earth, and looks forward to being reincarnated as a human, so he can finally talk to Denny as a man instead of barking incoherently.

Enzo is a funny, observant narrator, who, although not book-learned (he was never able to teach himself to read), is intelligent, articulate, and has a wicked sense of humor (jalapenos plus obnoxious in-laws plus expensive Berber carpet, for example). His deep insights into human (and canine) nature ring true, especially when he is the only other witness to an incident that nearly ruins Denny's life, and Enzo plays a role in reversing Denny's rock-bottom fortunes.

Delightfully told, The Art of Racing in the Rain is an outsider's look at what makes humans tick, as well as an ode to the art of Formula One and racing. It's a love song to the simple pleasures in life (walking in Seattle's drizzle, stretching out on a sun-warmed sidewalk) and the bonds we forge with those around us. Truthfully, most of the time I kept forgetting that Enzo was even a dog, although he does talk about his early puppyhood at a Washington farm, for Enzo is determined to shed his canine form for a human one, and this includes his thinking processes and actions (as his hips gradually deteriorate, he finds ways to mask his limp so that Denny doesn't suspect). The novel's ending may be a bit too sweet for some, but I found it to be a perfect ending to a tale that only Enzo could tell. Stein's rich, evocative language and heart-tugging storyline involving Enzo's family will be sure to delight fans of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog and other dog-themed novels.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. Read it within 24 hours. Very interesting and makes me love dogs the more.
Van26 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. The story made me laugh, cry, and left me wishing it were longer. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a touching story with characters that come alive for the reader. It certainly is not just for people who are dog lovers. It is not just the story of a dog; it is a story of relationships, honor, and unconditional love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enzo, the canine hero of Garth Stein's THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, would be right at home with Lassie and Old Yeller. The novel's premise, a dog living a good life so he can be reincarnated as a human is creative. The execution, told from the dog's point of view, is intriguing. Many of our pets, if pressed to tell their life story, might give a boring rendition of naps and altercations with the dog next door. But Enzo is an intelligent observer of human life and faithfully narrates the tale of his master's misfortunes. Enzo is a dog with all the answers, but no means to communicate. An especially poignant flaw when he senses cancer in his master's spouse, and is the only witness when a false accusation threatens his master's life. Stein has delivered a story as warm and fuzzy as a new puppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My oldest daughter read it first. I can't tell you the last time she actually finished a book, but I couldn't pull this one out of her hands. So was so consumed by it that I decided to read it myself and couldn't put it down. My 11 year old is no reading Racing in the Rain and is just as captured with it as we were.
obsessedreader More than 1 year ago
Delightfully told from the point of view of a with-it dog, The Art of Racing in the Rain is basically a charming book. I really enjoyed it for quite a while. Then I got a bit weary and just waited for it to end (I always have to finish a book). My primary criticism is that the plotline was going along very well, but suddenly a sexual accusation entered in, which seemed superfluous to me. It persisted and drowned the plot (and my enjoyment). There is an art to knowing when to hold back.
avidreader10415 More than 1 year ago
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" is not any ordinary novel that will make you say "That was pretty good. I might recommend this to someone." This book is a novel like no other, and will leave you wishing that the pages of engrossing literature would never end. It will make you say something more like ".I finished it?... My life is over, what am I going to read now?"! This novel, through the eyes of the dog, Enzo, gives you a new definition of life and how we should live it, and is an inspiration to keep on going, no matter the difficulties we encounter each day, whether it be bankruptcy, disease, or depression. In this novel, Garth Stein does not simply give a single climax, but he adds many side conflicts, many of which change your prediction of the end, keeping you guessing all the way to the end. He also uses very detailed and vivid descriptions, almost allowing you to see the conflict unfold before your very eyes. The majority of people who have read this novel are more than satisfied with this novel in all aspects, from the literature used in it to the style of language used. Even if you are not into dogs or racing, this novel will grab you and hold on tightly right to the very last sentence. This realistic tale of hope and the battle we must all fight to get through life is definitely a book worth putting on your booklist if you want a good read, and a real taste of satisfaction when you close the back cover and let out a sigh of content.
Judy_T More than 1 year ago
A friend recommended this book to me. I am not much of a racing fan and was not sure that I would like it, but I gave it a try. I was sniffling within fifty pages and outright sobbing by the end. I had to go give my dogs a big hug! The exploration of the character's relationships from Enzo's viewpoint was so original. I have never read a book like this. I did not connect with most of the racing details, but it tied the book together in a wonderful ending. All dog lovers should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the prolog states that Enzo is dying and is ok with that, you dont have to worry about tthe dogs fate all thru the book. It is highly evolved and gives spiritual comparisons to humanity thru the observation of the silent partner, the dog. I loved this book and its a new auther for me. Touching and thoughtful about the race of human life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hesitated picking this book up because I'm not necessarily sentimental about dogs but this is just simply a wonderful story of a beautiful relationship in trying circumstances. Even if you don't love dogs, you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I wasnt so sure about it when someone recommended it to me, but from the very beginning I was hooked. This is a beautiful story about a very human-like dog and the family he loves...told from his point of view. The family goes through some major trials and tribulations and he plays a key part in helping them keep it all together. It was so wonderfully written that I immediately believed I was reading the memoirs of Enzo, the family dog, and I couldn't wait to read what he had to say next. I think anyone who has ever had a pet they loved will not only enjoy this book, but will also be forever changed by the way they see and interact with their animal companions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was one of those books that teaches you a few life lessons and keeps you pondering its lessons long after you've read the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic. It is so sad and heartfelt. Anybody who likes dogs should read it, it is awesome!:):):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book written from the dog's view. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Ms_Marisa2013 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story, sad at times but absolutely adorable. I fell in love with Enzo. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall excellent... Well written and inspired. Way more than another book about dogs or racing.... both of which really feed this amazing story.  Would read over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book with every intention of reading it over the span of a week or so by forcing myself to read it in my spare time, and was pleasantly surprised to find myself so wrapped up in the story that I finished it within a few hours of buying it. It is both heartwrenching and hilarious, philosophical and utterly realistic, truthful in the best kind of way. Whether you read it in a day or a month, I urge you to take the time to really read the message that this book presents you with and appreciate the beautiful perspective that only a dog can provide - that life is only as much as you aim for it to be: fight to win the race, and don't get left behind at the first corner it throws at you. Keep your balance, and your life - much like a racecar - will follow where you lead it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it over a year ago and I still find myself thinking of it. I laughed out loud, got really angry, and cried. Any book that can do all three of those emotions is amazing :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book that a friend suggested me and loved it. Touching, funny, powerful and serious at times. Any dog and animal lovers should enjoy this book. I could see the dog I had as a Enzo. I do believe animals have more to say...and are incapable of saying in our "human" language. They will talk to us in their language and if we connect with them at a soul, energy level...all is possible. By the way, a friend of mine had once a cat that enjoyed TV...a little like Enzo does.
pnut35 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! It left me loving my dog even more and wondering if she can really understand what's going on in the world. I highly recommend this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems like it would be a good read, but it has a lot of "language" in it and I'm not big on the kind of language.
Chelsea15 More than 1 year ago
If you're a Dog lover, please bring the box of tissues. Within the first 5 pages, the heart strings are officially tugged at. If only my 15 year old "puppy" could think like the main character. Other reviewers may give a detail summary of the outline but all I will say is if you loved "Marley and Me", this takes it one step further to the bonding of man and dog. This story is based on how a good,loving and loyal dog behaves and interacts with his family. This is a book that I will never forget. Please make it a movie !
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Art of Racing in the Rain is the third novel by American author, Garth Stein. Enzo is a Labrador (with a bit of terrier in him too, maybe?) who lives with Denny Swift, a talented racing car driver. When Denny marries Eve, it takes Enzo a while to accept her, but when little Zoë comes along, she has his unreserved vow of protection. Things may be almost perfect: a house with a yard, a family to love and plenty of race videos to watch: Enzo loves car racing! Enzo bemoans his lack of opposable thumbs and his inability to speak, but he is quite convinced that he will reincarnate as man. Unfortunately, life sometimes has other plans, and when tragedy strikes the Swift family, not everyone acts with integrity and generosity. Enzo can only do what he does best: offer his unqualified support. Stein’s tale touches on subjects topical and age-old: balancing work travel with family time; avoidance of medical experts for fear of adverse diagnosis; the tenuous position of a male in a position of trust with a teenaged girl and the potential for malicious accusations. These sobering themes are interspersed with quite a bit of car racing. This is a book with humour and heartache, with wisdom and wit. A heart-warming read with a sweet ending.