Cormac: a dark-red Golden Retriever who has always been afraid of thunderstorms and lightning flashes, runs away one stormy night while his master is away.
So begins a strange adventure that lands Cormac in the back of a red pickup truck driven by a mysterious woman, takes him to a series of dog pounds and rescue shelters, and ultimately brings him to the suburbs of Connecticut. Meanwhile, his owner, devastated and trying to juggle his family and his new novel, becomes determined to solve the "dog-napping" case, watching his small-town community come together in search of his lost companion.
Inspired by real events, Brewer has, as he says, "mainly told the truth in this story of losing my good dog Cormac."
About the Author
Sonny Brewer is the author of the novels The Poet of Tolstoy Park and A Sound Like Thunder and the editor of the Blue Moon Cafe Southern fiction series. He founded Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama, where he lives with his family.
In this awkward but diverting tale, Brewer (The Poet of Tolstoy Park) recounts the story of the search for his beloved golden retriever, Cormac, who goes missing while Brewer is on a book tour. Brewer begins his "mostly true" Marley cash-in by introducing readers to Fairhope, Ala., where life is genial and, perhaps surprisingly to outsiders, quite sophisticated. Brewer also introduces us to Cormac, who is lovely but not unique in the dog kingdom. (His distinguishing features are loyalty, fear of thunder and an ability to "speak" in throaty moans.) Unfortunately, much of the narrative is filled with mundane details (the type of coffee Brewer buys for his bookshop), unpiquant filler (a none-too-funny chapter on rousting a squirrel from the garage with Cormac) and banal descriptions of plot points, such as Brewer's purchasing of the underground electric fence that keeps Cormac in the yard. But in the latter third of the book, which covers Brewer's weeks-long search for Cormac, the amiable, talky style gains a welcome clarity and momentum, leading to a satisfying denouement, for dog lovers in particular.
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Sweet, engrossing tale
I loved this book and devoured it in one day. It's also a wonderful tribute to golden retrievers as a breed.
Omg what a great book this is!!!!!!
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