Book cover - The Art of Racing In the Rain - Author Garth Stein

The Art of Racing In the Rain

Author Garth Stein

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Literary
Our score: 4.5
4.5
From 6,342 Ratings

The Art of Racing In the Rain Summary


The Art of Racing In the Rain - 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.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

The Art of Racing In the Rain Review


  • I have never cried reading a book before

    5
    By The Game Reacters
    For school this book was on my summer reading list. I was going to pick another book, but I’m glad I didn’t. This book was amazing. There is simply no other way to put it.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    5
    By rockinrobinitunes
    It’s a beautiful book that will carry you through a world of emotions- best view from the point of the dog. Hands down one of my all time favorites
  • Same Concept but the names have been changed

    4
    By junefrazier-creedon
    This was a good book. I kept coming back every chance I got but it wasn’t a fresh concept. Marley and Me and A Dog’s Purpose were books from the dog’s point of view.
  • Great book!

    5
    By Deby B.
    2nd time I’ve read it! Now I want to see the movie!!!
  • Tremendous read

    5
    By tlm3vrtx
    Wonderful
  • Love

    5
    By hse990
    I read this book years ago and I love it so much, I devoured it in 2 days....
  • This is no pg book

    5
    By Tyttrdfhgdsdtujhgfdssdghjnh
    The premise is fantastic though the kind of book of where you can’t stop reading
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    5
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  • 4.5

    5
    By the_royalty_princess
    Love the story, I’m not into Nascar but I love dogs, drama and romance.
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    5
    By SarahA21414
    This book melted my heart. I have a very busy schedule and, though I love to read, often it is hard to find the time. From the moment I began this book, I knew I had to see it through until the end. It simply wouldn’t let me go. It really grabs you. I will never look at my dog the same way again. I was moved to tears several times.

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