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The dog that talked to god
Jim Kraus
Adult Fiction KRAUS

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Stuck in her grief, 43-year-old widowed writer Mary Fassler adopts a miniature schnauzer for diversion and company. The novelist, who specializes in Amish stories, is in for a surprise when her dog, Rufus, speaks to her as they are out on a winter night's walk, asking her if she thinks he's fat. Even more surprising, Rufus goes on to tell her that he talks to God once a week. Rufus becomes her walking companion and adviser, his doggy logic both naive and insightful. When a man finally enters Mary's life, things grow complicated. This charming novel sets a slow pace in the first part, undoubtedly to convey the emotionally and spiritually frozen life Mary leads. But it's a bit of a plod. The faith elements-Mary is angry with God over the Job-like mess in her life-are organic, though a Christian man she meets late in the book is somewhat artificial. Mary's slow healing from loss, however, is credibly rendered. Judge this book by its cover, which features a sagacious seated schnauzer, and be charmed. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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main characters Mary Fassler
Age: 43
Still grieving over the deaths five years of her husband and son by a drunk driver; adopts a miniature schnauzer who is able to talk and who claims he is able to talk to God.

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