I Thought You Were Dead

A Love Story

By Pete Nelson; Pete Nelson
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Hardcover, 9781565125971, 264pp.)

Publication Date: April 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the April 2010 Indie Next List
“Dante may have had his Beatrice, but Paul Gustavson has Stella, a venerable pooch who is his guiding light for matters of the mind and heart. Their ongoing dialogue is smart, sweet, and poignant, and together they take on their fears of thunderstorms and seedy bars (hers) and normal, loving relationships without the buffer of alcohol (his), each bringing out the best in each other. This book is clever, heartwarming, and engaging.”
-- Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Description
For Paul Gustavson, life is a succession of obstacles, a minefield of mistakes to stumble through. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and Stella.
Stella is Paul s dog. She listens with compassion to all his complaints about the injustices of life and gives him better counsel than any human could. Their relationship is at the heart of this poignantly funny and deeply moving story about a man trying to fix his past in order to save his future.
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