The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is Andrew Luck’s book club pick for adults right now. (The kid pick, Hatchet, by Gary Paulson, is a great book and highly recommended. I read it with my younger kid when he was in sixth grade or so…) Everyone should join this book club.
The book. Right. It is a great, funny, sad story about a guy who drives race cars and his family told from the perspective of the dog. The story includes plenty of adversity and, better, the overcoming of adversity through hard work and character. Also, a possessed stuffed zebra. Enzo, the dog, is hilarious and wise.
At one point, Enzo tells us, “I know this much about racing in the rain. I know it is about balance. It is about anticipation and patience. I know all of the driving skills that are necessary for one to be successful in the rain. But racing in the rain is also about the mind! It is about owning one’s own body. About believing that one’s car is merely an extension of one’s body. About believing that the track is an extension of the car, and the rain is an extension of the track, and the sky is an extension of the rain. It is about believing that you are not you; you are everything. And everything is you.”
Read it and laugh and cry and triumph along with Enzo.