One Good Dog

One Good Dog

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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" One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters-one a man, one a dog- hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson's clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings and toys we all hide behind, and exposes our essential need to give and accept love in order to thrive."-Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Adam March is a self-made "Master of the Universe." He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting-until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam's sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he's worked so hard to achieve. He doesn't believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance.

Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He's been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance's unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam.

What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other-in ways they never could have expected.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250059796
Branch Call Number: WILS
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 09, 2019

Most of the reviews I read about this author state this is her best book. Maybe because I read The Dog Who Danced first I really enjoyed that book more. The amazing thing with this author that I was amazed with, was how she tells the story through the dogs & persons experiences and thoughts. Both books are a total delight.

Oct 17, 2016

I read this but don't remember when.

Aug 23, 2016

Good story but very disappointed with the language. The F bombs used were totally unnecessary.

Jun 30, 2016

A rich, deep story. A self-made man, who loses everything, and a stray pit bull, born and bred to fight, are brought together by chance. Neither plan to become a pack... but the power of companionship brings a balm of healing to their tragically wounded lives. A great summer read, illustrating that both stray dogs, and stray people, can be redeemed.

bugfodder Feb 23, 2014

One of my all time favorites.

Jan 20, 2013

This book stole my heart. It is the authors best book to date. Truly heart warming

Aug 21, 2012

Heart warming story of a man who loses everything in order to appreciate what he never really had in the first place.

wisewood Jul 05, 2012

again another really well written book by the master telling authoress. Junly5 2012

BPLNextBestAdults Feb 23, 2012

Adam March has it all - he is a self-made man - with a high-powered executive career, a beautiful wife, an accomplished teenage daughter, a well-appointed home and all the right friends. One day his secretary leaves him a memo “Your sister called” and, overwrought by feelings that he has sublimated for many years, he slaps her…..and loses everything.
Fast forward - Adam is living in a tiny apartment, he has no job, no money, his wife hates him, his daughter scorns him and of course his “friends” are all gone. And, he is doing his community service in a soup kitchen for the homeless. In the same neighbourhood, a pit bull lives in a squalid basement, only brought out to fight in illegal and brutal dog fights. Chapter by chapter, these two down-and-out, lost souls each tell their stories. Through a random series of events, Adam and the pit bull, Chance, end up living together and what begins as a begrudging tolerance for one another evolves into love, devotion and an aching need for each other’s safety and happiness. Fans of Garth Stein’s The Art of
Racing in the Rain might also enjoy this title.

Jan 18, 2012

One of those rare books that makes you see something in a different light. I am looking at my own dog from a totally different perspective now! I love the way the author writes part of the story from the perspective of the dog. By the last few chapters, I was literally balling. I have never had this reaction to a book before! Loved it.

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