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Garth Stein

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Garth Stein is the author of four novels: the New York Times bestselling gothic/historical/coming-of-age/ghost story, "A Sudden Light"; the internationally bestselling "The Art of Racing in the Rain"; the PNBA Book Award winner, "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets"; and the magically realistic "Raven Stole the Moon." He is also the author of the stage play "Brother Jones." He has a dog, he's raced a few cars, climbed a bunch of really tall trees, made a few documentary films, and he lives in Seattle with his family. He's co-founder of, a non-profit collective of 74 Northwest authors working together to energize the reading and writing public.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

4.21 avg rating — 446,992 ratings — published 2008 — 116 editions
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A Sudden Light

3.62 avg rating — 12,184 ratings — published 2014 — 29 editions
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Racing in the Rain: My Life...

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Raven Stole the Moon

3.55 avg rating — 3,207 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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How Evan Broke His Head and...

3.72 avg rating — 3,428 ratings — published 2005 — 20 editions
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Hotel Angeline: A Novel in ...

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Enzo Races in the Rain

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Enzo's Very Scary Halloween

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Enzo and the Christmas Tree...

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"I was totally sucked in by this story. From page one, you are present in the tale of this (somewhat twisted) family's life. Garth Stein knows how to set the scene... I could see every corner of the family estate, the towering trees, the dry summer he" Read more of this review »
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"Such a great writer, Garth Stein weaves a tale of family, heartbreak, ghosts and more into a coming of age story about a very smart 14 year old boy on a trip to see meet his father's family for the first time, and see the mansion where he grew up."
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“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

“He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

“That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain


Vote For One Book To Be Read in January 2015(Book published in 2014)

A Sudden Light A Sudden Light by Garth Stein Garth
When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.
  4 votes 23.5%

Leaving Time Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult Jodi PicoultFor more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.
  3 votes 17.6%

Station Eleven Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel Emily St. John MandelAn audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
  3 votes 17.6%

Everything I Never Told You Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Celeste NgLydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins this debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation.
  3 votes 17.6%

Mermaids in Paradise Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet Lydia MilletMermaids in Paradise is Lydia Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her early career with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and short stories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on the surface and illuminating in its depths.
  2 votes 11.8%

Us Us by David Nicholls David NichollsDouglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
  1 vote 5.9%

The Book of Strange New Things The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber [author:Michel Faber|16272It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.
  1 vote 5.9%

Revival Revival by Stephen King Stephen KingA dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Stone Mattress Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood turns to short fiction for the first time since her 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, with nine tales of acute psychological insight and turbulent relationships bringing to mind her award-winning 1996 novel, Alias Grace.
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An Untamed State An Untamed State by Roxane Gay Roxane GayAn Untamed State is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. An Untamed State establishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.
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Before, During, After Before, During, After by Richard Bausch Richard Bausch
In prose that is direct, exact, and lyrical, Richard Bausch plumbs the complexities of public and personal trauma, and the courage with which we learn to face them. Above all, Before, During, After is a love story, offering a penetrating and exquisite portrait of intimacy, of spiritual and physical longing, and of the secrets we convince ourselves to keep even as they threaten to destroy us. An unforgettable tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished storytellers.
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“With a book—presuming it’s a good book—you can depend upon an outcome that adheres to the necessities of drama. The question will be answered. It has to be. The answer may not be happy; we can’t guarantee a comedy. Sometimes tragedy strikes. But there will be a conclusion. Of that we can be sure. That’s the whole point of a book. But in real life, there is no guarantee that any question will ever be answered. Real life is messy because we don’t know where it’s going to go.”
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light

“Perhaps that's what life is about--the search for such a connection. The search for magic. The search for the inexplicable. Not in order to explain it, or contain it. Simply in order to feel it. Because in that recognition of the sublime, we see for a moment the entire universe in the palm of our hand. And in that moment, we touch the face of God.”
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light

“One’s nature comes from within, not from without. The abomination occurs in subverting one’s instinct in favor of a rigid code written by others. Trying to force yourself into a role that confounds your spirit will always break you.”
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light

“I hear hundreds of years of life. I hear wind and rain and fire and beetles. I hear the seasons changing and birds and squirrels. I hear the life of the trees this wood came from.”
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light
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“We are all connected. The living to the nonliving, as the nonliving to the living. All things in all directions in all times. It is only in the physical dimension that we have limitations. (The membrane between us is thinner than you think.)”
Garth Stein, A Sudden Light

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In celebration of the re-release of his first novel, Raven Stole the Moon, Garth Stein, the author the NYT bestselling literary novel The Art of Racin ...more
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From Jan. 11 to 17, 2015, I'll be answering questions about my new novel, A Sudden Light.
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Garth Stein Congrats to Michele Laflamme, Sue Houghting and Penny Hagg, the winners of this week's A Sudden Light giveaway! Look for another one next year. And check out the Author Q&A in January. Happy holidays, everyone!

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