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The Dog Who Danced

A novel

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"Multiple hankies, dog lovers…this is an emotional read." –Library Journal

If there's been a theme in Justine Meade's life, it's loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, was Mack, her grey and black Sheltie – that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than twenty years away.

Ed and Alice Parmalee are mourning a loss of their own. Seven years after their daughter was taken from them, they're living separate lives together. Dancing around each other, and their unspeakable heartbreak, unable to bridge the chasm left between them. When they find a little black and gray dog by the side of the road, they take him in.

Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog's instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Whether it's as Justine's partner, or just the ebb and flow of a family's rhythms, it's as though the little Shetland Sheepdog was born to bring people together.

Everyone needs Mack. But to whom does the little dog who danced belong?

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 30, 2012 – Justine Meade has spent most of her 43 years on the move. She left home young, got in and out of an early marriage, and had a son who, unhappy with her restless life, went to live with his father. When Justine learns that her father is dying, she hitches a cross-country ride with a long-haul trucker from Seattle to Massachusetts, hoping for a resolution to their relationship. Her companion on the journey is Mack, a sheepdog trained to dance. But at a rest stop, her ride drives off, unknowingly taking Mack with him. Later abandoned, Mack is found by an older couple still grieving after their teenager daughter s suicide years earlier. Meanwhile, Justine reaches her father in time to revisit the fight that sent her away from home. She gets a new perspective on the past while Mack, nearer to Justine than she realizes, helps the old couple heal. When chance reunites Justine and Mack, she decides to get back in touch with her son. Wilson persuasively adopts a dog s perspective from time to time in a story full of clich and sentiment. Fans of Wilson s One Good Dog, or new readers looking for a heartwarming tale of the bond between human and animal, will find plenty to enjoy.

Customer Reviews

What a great story!

Absolutely loved reading this book! As a pet owner, and as attached as I am to them, I would do anything to find my lost pet!
You will read from start to end, wanting to know how things end up in one sitting, as I did.

What a story.

I loved this book. The characters were very well developed and I could just envision the characters as the story unfolded. I laughed and cried and actually pumped my fists in the air a few times. What a ride. I highly recommend this book

The dog who danced

Mack is my hero. He withstood the terrible loss of his beloved Justine, but put his best paw forward out of a canine's unselfish goal of making a better place in the world for us humans. I held my breath, prayed for and nodded in sympathy for mack's ordeal. The ending was real, not hackneyed. Bravo to this marvelous dog, and the one who told his story.

The Dog Who Danced
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Mar 13, 2012
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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