“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a novel written by Garth Stein. It was first published in 2008. The story is narrated by a dog named Enzo and revolves around the life of a race car driver named Denny Swift. Enzo, the Labrador retriever-terrier mix, reflects on his life and experiences, offering insights into the human condition and the complexities of relationships.
The novel explores themes such as loyalty, love, loss, and the interconnectedness of life. Enzo believes in the concept of reincarnation and hopes to be reincarnated as a human. The narrative is unique as it provides a canine perspective on the challenges and triumphs faced by the human characters.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” became a bestseller and received positive reviews for its emotional depth and the unconventional choice of a dog as the narrator. It has been praised for its exploration of the bond between humans and their pets, as well as its examination of the highs and lows of life. The novel was later adapted into a film in 2019.