A Three Dog Life

A Three Dog Life

Book - 2006
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When Abigail Thomas's husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151012114
Branch Call Number: 813.54 THOMAS
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 20 cm


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Oct 06, 2015

This was a good book. I wish she would have talked more about the financial costs and was she given a choice to do all this surgery to save his life? There was no way he would ever be normal with the injuries he sustained. He was like a toddler. Why would anyone want to live like that? This story certainly brought on a conversation with my husband.

Jul 11, 2015

A wonderful book both about aging and about dealing with the unthinkable with courage and grace and thoughtfulness. We don't have enough books like this which can be models for all of us as we move through life. Highly recommended.

Jun 20, 2013

An inspiring and touching story. One of my favourite moments is found in pgs 130-131, truly amazing!

frosty73 Jul 13, 2011

This book looked interesting, but then I got scared to read it thinking it might be too depressing. It wasn't. She writes melodically, and weaves meaning into the way her life has turned out. Bravo!

Oct 03, 2006

Stephen King says this is the best memoir he's ever read. That caused me to give it a try and if it's not the best memoir I've read, it's very close. I loved Thomas' style; very intimate, sometimes funny, always poignant and thoughtful. She learns to cope after her husband is severely mentally challenged after a car accident. She eventually starts to enjoy life again with the help of writing and her three beloved dogs.


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