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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  49 reviews
How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy
Kindle Edition, 212 pages
Published August 21st 2017
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Didi Oviatt
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fender really has a real heartstring puller of a plot line. It shines a certain light on the grieving process that in my opinion really should be pointed out more often. Loosing loved ones unexpectedly is an extremely rough road and this book puts the realities of such hardship front and center for the world to see. Nothing is sugar coated about this book which I love. The emotions felt are raw and the way the main character copes with the loss of his wife and child are likely. One thing that gi ...more
Chauncey Rogers
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I saw a friend's review, was intrigued, and received a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked: Brent's writing was clean and smooth. Absolutely no complaints there. The characters were good as well. I thought Brennan's sorrow and path to recovery were very well paced and believable. Brent captured those emotions well. Rocco and Franky, the two friends, took a little while to distinguish themselves in my imagination, but were clearly defined and consistent. I also appreci
Lynda Dickson
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 17+
Shelves: adult
Brennan is in mourning after losing his wife Rosie and his daughter Abby in a car crash. The only one who survived the crash is his twelve-year-old beagle Fender. Worried about Brennan's self-destructive behavior, his friends Rocco and Franky convince him to go on a cross-country road trip from New York to California. Brennan reluctantly agrees to the road trip, as long as Fender can join them. What follows is a tragic-comic series of events that proves that the journey is more important than th ...more
Nancy Baker
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-goodreads
Book Challenge: Read a book with a one word title.

Fender is a dog and Fender was the best thing about this story. In fact, for me he was the only good thing about this story.

Brennan is a man who has had tragedy strike his life twice and both times, his salvation has come in the form of a male beagle named Fender. A friend's suicide found Brennan weeks later in a drunken stupor. On the porch in the rain, accepting a pizza delivery, he sees a shadowed movement under a nearby bush. Upon inspectio
Amy Roebuck
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fender. A car part? Nope. A guitar? Nope. Fender is the dog every guy needs—the true friend, the philosopher, the understanding and nonjudgmental companion. It is also the title of Brent Jones’ sophomore novel, well worth your time to read. In it Fender, his ‘Man human’ Brennan, and Brennan’s two lifelong best buddies are taking a cross-country car trip, from Buffalo, New York, to San Francisco, California and back. Their reasons are varied and complex, and motivations realistically and organica ...more
Erik Larson
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ugh! Break out the tissues cause your going to need them for this one!

Fender is not like other books about tragedy. You know the ones I’m talking about… The ones that paint over the ugliness that is pure, soul-destroying grief, with flowery prose and comforting platitudes. No, this book is as visceral as it should be. The protagonist lost his whole family in one vicious blow and there are no words capable of soothing that kind of grief.

No, this kind of loss violently shoves Brennan off the wagon
Janice Richardson
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-rated
How many authors do you know who can make you cry? What a beautiful book, an emotional roller coaster. I'm sure I am not the first reader to shed some tears as I read this story, and I won't be the last. Highly recommend this book.

Stanley McShane
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brent Jones has exceeded expectation that his sophomore novel, Fender, might best the debut. This emotionally packed literary saga of Brennan Glover, a protagonist who suffers unspeakable loss, will have you grabbing for a hankie. Fender is a Beagle, but he is no ordinary dog. He manages to (albeit unintentionally) save the life of his human counterpart--his beloved man human--part of his second family. The author skillfully conveys Fender's conversations with Brennan, who has lost his wife and ...more
Lisa Doherty (Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews)
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Fender starts by introducing us to Brennan and how he met his wife, Rosie. Through their relationship, Brennan’s dog Fender has always been there and now he is the only survivor of a car accident that took Rosie and their daughter. Brennan’s friends take him, and Fender, on a road trip. We see just how far these guys would go for their friend after tragedy hit his world. The love shown between these three friends is amazing, beautiful even, as is
Jessica Bronder
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brennan Glover lost his wife Rosie and his six year old daughter Abby in a car crash. The only survivor was the family Beagle, Fender. Brennan is heartbroken as his world is turned upside down. Fender does his best to help out his master get through this hard time. Then Brennan’s friends Franky and Rocco talk him into taking a road trip to find his way along with move on with his grief. But things are not going to go smoothly as a deep secret comes out that could destroy the friendship.

This is a
Alicia Owen
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, although I greatly enjoyed his first novel, The Fifteenth of June, I wasn't sure I would be as into this story. I mean, 3 dudes on a cross-country road trip, with a central focus on a dog? (A “yappy” breed at that. Have I ever mentioned I don't care for small dogs much? Hate me all you want.) But, as with the first novel, I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised!
It was much more...emotional, than I had expected. Let's just say I cried at least once in the first 60 pages. At firs
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel from up-and-coming author Brent Jones. Just like his first novel, this was an emotional and beautiful piece.

Jones' characters are complex and sympathetic, if at times a little difficult to like. Our protagonist, Brennan, has just been through the worst tragedy you can imagine, so his friends take him on a journey with his aging dog, Fender. In the story, the journey is definitely more important than the destination. Brennan learns a lot about his past and himself, and co
Jen Jordan
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read. It reminds you that family isn't always blood and that none of us escape life without a bunch of scars. However, it's how we let our friends help us heal those scars that make the journey awesome. The author has a great way of telling the story - and making you want to hop into a car and take a road trip with your buddies - both two and four-legged. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will do some serious introspection into your own life. ...more
Mark Gunning
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone looking for a new start in life will enjoy a story like this. Jones keeps the reader turning page after page. How can you not like to see what three good friends and a dog do as they travel across the United States? Sure, Brennan is mourning the loss of his family, but sometimes we need to pick ourselves up and continue on. Life does challenge us. Buckle up because it's time to go on a ride with Brennan, Rocco, Franky, and of course, Fender. ...more
Christie Brown
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Journey of Healing

Ironically I was reading this book while my favorite uncle was passing away... the journey this book took me on was full of twists, heartache, and healing... I couldn't stop turning the pages, I wanted to see where this journey ended.... this is another great book by Brent Jones and I cannot wait for more books by him..
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog stories always get to me and "Fender" did as well. The main character has several tragedies occur in his life and is trying to come to grips with it all. Fortunately for him, he has good friends who don't give up on him. As the story unfolds, we are taken back to the time he acquired the dog and all that they have been through together. He comes to find that his dog was his guardian angel in many ways. Through these various relationships, Bee learns about new beginnings and finding his way " ...more
Christi Massey
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I decided to start reading this tonight fully intending on it not being a binge book so I could get a decent night's sleep. Here I am three hours later having finished one of the most emotionally enthralling,yet simple and super enjoyable books I've had the pleasure of reading. LOVED it!!! Oh, Fender, I love you.
Carla M Downing
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down!

I loved this book! Brennan's bond with Fender was so touching and it's so true when saving a dog, they end up saving you. I laughed and cried throughout this story, it was that good!
Victoria Bennison
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Earthy writing and heart rending subject matter, turn three friends, a road trip, and a dog, into a life changing experience. Causing you to question, along with Brennan, the true meaning of home. I'm still unpacking thoughts and emotions, after reading this one! ...more
Andréa Jones
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
What an emotional journey! Fender is a wonderful story of discovery + hope. As a certified dog mom (yes, I made that up), I loved reading the interactions between the pup Fender and his human Brennan. I also thoroughly enjoyed the progression that the road trip symbolized. I don't want to give anything away too much but some of my favorite moments are at the halfway point.

The author does a great job of getting you to care for the main characters and absolutely despise some of the others. Brenna
Brent Jones
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A man in mourning travels across the country with his dog. But will the open road lead him to new beginnings?
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
'Find a way to live the life ahead of you instead of the one behind you.'

Words we all need to learn to live by, especially those with the toughest breaks imaginable set upon them like Brennan Glover. Everyone needs to realize that they all usually have someone trying to help and they need to let that help in.
Prepare for plenty of waterworks, but also some laughs as well.

'"It's called Elliott Bay Trail. Named after Elliott Bay."
"I thought this was... Pugg-it sound"
"Puget sound. And it is."
Cathy Ryan
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brennan Glover is on a downward spiral after the crash which killed his wife and small daughter and he’s fallen off the wagon in spectacular style. The only survivor of the crash was Fender, the twelve year old Beagle Brennan rescued after the dog had been abandoned on the roadside. Brennan’s world has lost all meaning. This tragedy following his dysfunctional childhood and his best friend, Colin’s suicide, just about does for him. But Fender kept him going through that dark period of his life a ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll start my review of Fender saying that Brent is a kick ass story teller.
Fender is the story of Brennan - a man dealing with loss and his journey toward finding the light once his world fills with darkness. Fender is his dog...his best friend, his constant companion and in my humble opinion, his soulmate.

The story takes place on the road. Brennan's two closest friends decide to take him away to rediscover the joy in life. The personal journey that Brennan experiences happens as he realizes th
Mae Clair
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brennan has recently lost his wife and little girl, and the only glue partially holding him together are his two friends and his dog, Fender. When friends Rocco and Franky take him on a road trip across country as a means of healing, Brennan insists Fender go along.

I think what appealed to me most about this story was the idea of the road trip. The author made each aspect of the journey interesting with believable character development along the way. Franky and Rocco are every day guys trying t
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The novel Fender by Brent Jones was amazing. This is the second book I have read by this author and I am impressed.

The story starts with the protagonist, Brennan, in a state of grief after losing his family. He is left with his dog, Fender, as the only survivor to the accident. The author paints a clear picture of what life was, and certainly hooks your curiosity for what life might look like for Brennan and Fender going forward.

Without adding spoilers I will say this....I could relate to many
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked Brent Jones's first book, The Fifteenth of June, and was happy to receive an early copy of Fender. I was not as happy with this book. I loved the dog and I believe you can communicate with your furry loves like Brennan did with Fender. What I didn't care much for was the spoken conversation of Brennan with people, especially when he was drunk. A lot of what he said just didn't ring true. I found myself liking Brennan's friend, Rocco, much better, and I wanted to know more about hi ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A touching look at the healing power of the open road, a friendly dog and friends who give you what you need - even when it isn't what you want. Well researched and well written, "Fender" is an excellent edition to my growing collection of Brent Jones novels. I would recommend it for anyone dealing with a loss (human or furry), people who would like to cry a little (even I was not immune, there are tear drops on many pages of my copy) or people with itchy feet - although it will NOT by any stret ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2017
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From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (Au

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