For anyone who has ever owned a dog, you obviously have wondered at least once what goes through the head of your little pal. This story answers that question in a very original way as Enzo, the dog, is the narrarator. The story begins with Enzo looking back on his life and recounting how he was taken in by his owner, Denny, a race car driver, and how he observes things in the world. He has learned to understand what his master says after watching TV all day everyday and the book starts off as a funny, cute little story. But then it turns, and what once started off as a light-hearted novel quickly and beautifully becomes an emotionally heartbreaking story as Denny's wife, Eve, becomes pregnant with their daughter and enlists Enzo's help in watching over her. But something isn't quite right. Enzo, with his keen sense of smell, smells something not quite right in Eve's head. Something that will destroy this family forever.
Eve's parents are doubtful that Denny will be a good father because he is away at races so much. The relationship between Denny and his in-laws is severely strained and when the book hits the climax and things start turning, Stein really lets it all show. I can't remember reading a book that made me laugh, cry, and furious at points throughout but it will. Anger will rise up in you because the line between fiction and reality begins to blur due to the captivating writing style of Stein.
I initially picked this book up at the local library and my wife saw it sitting on the coffee table waiting for me to get around to it. She grabbed it and in two days had devoured it. With tears in her eyes she told me, "You have to read this next". I completely agree with her on that statement, "You have to read this book next".
I love to read and to discuss books. My preferred genre is sci-fi but I like to read mostly anything.