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Rose in a storm [sound recording]
Katz, Jon
Adult Fiction KATZ

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Told from the perspective of Rose, a farm dog, Katz's latest pits man and dog against the forces of nature. Rose is a dedicated sheepherder and fiercely loyal to her owner, Sam. When a brutal winter storm hits Granville Farm during lambing season, Rose's work is cut out for her as she attempts to help Sam keep the animals alive. But when Sam is injured from a fall from the roof and lies buried beneath a snow drift, Rose is left alone to deal with harsh winds, subzero temperatures, a lack of food, frozen water supplies, and the ever-lurking pack of coyotes. Happily, Rose goes into Lassie mode, singlehandedly saving Sam and the farm animals and as a result, our tough endearing canine goes on to become a legend in the local farming community. Having Rose center stage offers some poignant insights into the interconnectedness of nature and provides a small window into Sam's life, empty after the loss of his wife, Katie, but Rosie's dog-mind is limiting. Katz (Soul of a Dog) has written extensively about his own farm (Bedlam in upstate New York) and the nature of dogs, but while the plot is interesting, the book reads more like an extended children's story than a fully developed novel. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In his first novel in ten years, noted dog authority Katz (A Dog Year; The Dogs of Bedlam Farm) gives us a tale about a sheep dog named Rose on a farm during a severe winter storm. A working dog with no desire to be a mere pet, Rose is at her happiest when she helps her farmer tend to the farm and its livestock. When he is injured during one of the worst storms in memory, Rose carries on, doing everything she can to keep the other animals safe through the cold and snow. She will face challenges both external and internal as she fights to protect her farm. Verdict Katz, who also owns a farm and working dogs, is the perfect person to shine a light on the importance of work to a dog's contentment. Most important, we come to understand that Rose's devotion and commitment are not unique but part of the makeup of all our four-legged companions. Sure to appeal to Katz's readers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/10; library marketing; ebook ISBN 978-0-345-52296-2.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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