A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews

More of a scrapbook than a full-fledged memoir, but still an affecting account of guilt, shame and acceptance.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

When Abigail Thomas’s husband, Rich, was hit by a car, his brain shattered. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, he must live the rest of his life in an institu­tion. He has no memory of what he did the hour, the day, the year before. This tragedy is the ground on which Abigail had to build a new life. How she built that life is a story of great courage and great change, of moving to a small country town, of a new family composed of three dogs, knitting, and friendship, of facing down guilt and discovering gratitude. It is also about her relationship with Rich, a man who lives in the eternal present, and the eerie poetry of his often uncanny perceptions. This wise, plainspoken, beautiful book enacts the truth Abigail discovered in the five years since the acci­dent: You might not find meaning in disaster, but you might, with effort, make something useful of it.
 

About Abigail Thomas

See more books from this Author
ABIGAIL THOMAS is the author of Safekeeping, a memoir, as well as a novel and two story collections. She lives in Woodstock, New York, and teaches at the New School.
 
Published September 15, 2007 by Mariner Books. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon10
Peak Rank on Jul 27 2014
icon2
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for A Three Dog Life
All: 6 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

More of a scrapbook than a full-fledged memoir, but still an affecting account of guilt, shame and acceptance.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life | See more reviews from Kirkus

Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh | on Sep 01 2006

It's the stuff of nightmares, but there is no hand-wringing in A Three Dog Life, this spare, astonishing memoir.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life

Suite 101

Above average
Reviewed by Eva Gordon on Apr 13 2010

If this book had been told in a straight linear pattern, if it had had a real beginning, middle, and end, it may still have been moving, because of the strength of the writing, but it would not have been as disorienting as it is now, nor would not have been able to engage the mind of the reader in such a visceral way.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life

People

Good
Reviewed by Natalie Danford on Sep 18 2006

This haunting memoir is slim but wields enormous impact. (...) This book tackles the largest of human subjects—love and loss.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life

Mary Drew

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Jul 24 2013

I don't normally read inspirational stories, self-help, parlor psychology, or "me and my animal(s)" sorts of things. This is all of that, and I loved it.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life

The Bark

Excellent
Reviewed by Lee Harrington on Jun 18 2011

I’d call this deftly written book a work of art. It's infused with humor and feminine wisdom. The essays are spare, non-linear and satisfying in the way the music of Miles Davis is satisfying.

Read Full Review of A Three Dog Life

Reader Rating for A Three Dog Life
77%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 536 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×