Roam

Roam

A Novel With Music

Book - 2011
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A wise and heartwarming first novel about families, love lost and found, and a scrappy three-legged dog who is trying to find his way back home as Christmas approaches. Roam features a seven-part soundtrack--composed and performed by the author--accessible online and embedded in the eBook.

They say you never forget your first love . . .

Born under a sparkling crescent moon, Nelson is a bright-eyed, inquisitive half beagle, half poodle. He lives with Katey and Don, newlyweds whose marriage is straining under the pressures of domesticity, but Katey's devotion to Nelson buoys the pup even as he worries his home may be falling apart.

But there are few things Nelson likes better than to follow a scent, and one day he follows his nose and gets lost . . . very lost. Though he searches frantically for Katey--and she for him--Nelson can't seem to find his way home, and he soon realizes that if he's ever to see his great love again, he must make his way on his own and try to survive in the wild.

Over the course of eight years, Roam follows Nelson as he crosses the country searching for his family. For a time he rides shotgun with a truck driver named Thatcher, then he lives in the woods with a pack of wolves. A terrible accident takes his hind leg, but Nelson's strength and longing to find Katey keep him alive. Escaping death in a shelter, Nelson grows into an old dog with a cynical eye and a world-weary demeanor, but underneath it all, a fearless and courageous spirit. After all, he believes that one day he'll make it home . . . and maybe, just maybe, he will. . . .

Much more than the story of one dog's incredible journey, this is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love, which once again confirms the unbreakable bond between humans and their best friends. In the tradition of The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Roam is an unforgettable tale of love lost and found, the trials that test families, and an affirmation that no matter how far or how long you may travel, there's always a place you can call home.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451632903
Branch Call Number: LAZ
Characteristics: 306 pages : music ; 22 cm

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pinky0203
Nov 07, 2015

This story made me laugh and also made me cry at various times. It is the heartwarming story of a little dog and his lifelong desire to be reunited with his first love. He has many different adventures during his travels but always manages to pull through the rough spots. Anyone who's ever had a pet disappear can relate to Katey and Nelson and hope that their own pet is reunited with them.

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fatcat21
Mar 23, 2012

This is a great book for dog lovers. It is a touching story told from the perspective of a dog who roams away from home and continues to roam for 8 years. A feel good story.

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