The Dog Who Danced (Mass Market)

A Novel

By Susan Wilson

St. Martin's Paperbacks, 9781250258724, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/12/2012)
Paperback (6/18/2013)
Hardcover (3/13/2012)
CD-Audio (3/13/2012)
Paperback (12/29/2015)
Hardcover, Large Print (4/6/2012)
Other (1/1/2013)

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March 2012 Indie Next List

“If you liked Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain this should be next on your reading list. This story of love, loss, and redemption moves between venues and characters with the grace and fluidity of a dancer. The voices of Justine, who lost Mack; Ed, who found him; and Mack, himself, move this intricate but smoothly written novel quickly from Seattle to New Bedford. I Couldn't wait to get to the next chapter and find out how these flawed, but likeable humans were affected by losing or finding Mack, and where Mack would eventually wind up. Wonderful!”
— Trish Cutsail, A Likely Story, Sykesville, MD
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Love is unleashed in this inspiring and uplifting novel by New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson

Justine Meade lost her mother, her home, even her son. The bright spot in her life, the partner she could always count on, was her gray and black Shetland sheepdog, Mack—that is, until she is summoned back to her hometown after years away. On her journey, an agonizing error separates Justine from Mack. As the stretch of highway between them grows longer, her chances of ever finding him seem to diminish.

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, unable to address their unspeakable heartbreak. When they find a little sheltie by the side of the road, they take him in—and begin to bridge the bridge the chasm left between them.

Fiercely loyal and perceptive, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Now everyone needs him. But to whom does the dog who danced truly belong?

“Multiple hankies, dog lovers…an emotional read.”—Library Journal
“A moving tale about canine healing power.” —Booklist
“Captivating…will keep you hooked until the last page.” —Modern Dog magazine

About the Author

Susan Wilson is the bestselling author of books including One Good Dog, Cameo Lake and Beauty, a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which was made into a CBS-TV movie. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard.