A Dog's Purpose
By W. Bruce Cameron
(Forge Books, Paperback, 9780765330345, 336pp.)
Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog’s Purpose touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here?
Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog.
But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders—will he ever find his purpose?
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey and The Dogs of Christmas. He lives in California.
"Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie." —Kirkus Reviews
"I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried."—Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author
"Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book." —Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America
“This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Vicki Myron’s Dewey, the best-selling saga of a library cat.”—Booklist
“This book gives you a glimpse into the heart and mind of a dog—and will change your view of our furry friends forever.”—Guideposts
“By turns funny, heartwarming, and touching without being overly sentimental, Cameron's novel successfully illuminates the breadth of the American dogscape.”—Library Journal (starred review)