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This is not a dog story (although Abby does have three dogs who are important to her). Instead, it is the honest depiction of how a woman named Abigail Thomas survived the shattering loss of her happy marriage when her husband is hit by a car and receives a traumatic brain injury. And how life can go on.
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When Abigail Thomass 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.

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"Abigail Thomas is learning to live — and her dogs are teaching her how. Rather, they are teaching her how to begin again after losing her husband. He isn't dead but has suffered a brain injury so severe that he has, essentially, disappeared. The person Thomas married is gone. Her 'new' husband must spend the rest of his life in an institution. He slips in and out of rages, terrors and hallucinations.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Heartbreaking...Thomas writ[es]...with lots of grace and little self-pity." Glamour

Synopsis:

A Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year

A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year 

  

"This haunting memoir...wields enormous impact."--People (four stars)

  

"The startling power and beauty of Abigail Thomas's memoir, A Three Dog Life, comes not only from her acute perceptions of a man without memories and her fear of losing her husband but from her refusal to surrender the shards of a loving relationship."—O, The Oprah Magazine

 

“Neither a downer nor a smug testimonial to the triumphant human spirit, just the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer."--Newsweek

About the 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.

Table of Contents

"What Stays the Same"—currently with Dan Jones

"Accident"-- published in "O"

"Home"--published in "O"

"Comfort" –published in Dog is My Co-Pilot, Bark Anthology

"Surprises" –not placed serially

"Magnificent Frigate Bird" –published in Tin House

"Learning To Live Alone" –published in Self

"How to Break up a Dog Fight" –not placed serially

"Dog Talk" –published in Bark

"How to Banish Melancholy" –to be published in Womens Best Friend, Seal Press Anthology

"Carolinas in Heat" –published in Bark

"For Now" –not placed serially

"Filling Whats Empty" –published in Tin House

"NO" –currently with Dan Jones

"Guilt" –published in Subtropics

"Edward Butterman Sleeps At Home" –not placed serially

"Knitting 2002 to Present" –to be published in Swivel

"Outsider Art" –not placed serially

"Running" –not placed serially

"Past, Present, Future" –excerpt to be published in Real Simple

"Moving" –published on Mister Bellers Neighborhood

"Five Years" –not placed serially

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artisansworks, September 22, 2007 (view all comments by artisansworks)
Three Dog Life is a gem, a memoir recounting how the author deals with that one moment in life when everything changes. Anyone who writes, even casually, should read this book for a lesson in fine writing. Thomas writes her story, truly a love story, with elegant clarity and tenderness, and not an ounce of sap.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033237
Author:
Thomas, Abigail
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.56 lb

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Product details 208 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156033237 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is not a dog story (although Abby does have three dogs who are important to her). Instead, it is the honest depiction of how a woman named Abigail Thomas survived the shattering loss of her happy marriage when her husband is hit by a car and receives a traumatic brain injury. And how life can go on.

"Review" by , "Heartbreaking...Thomas writ[es]...with lots of grace and little self-pity."
"Synopsis" by ,
A Los Angeles Times Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year

A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year 

  

"This haunting memoir...wields enormous impact."--People (four stars)

  

"The startling power and beauty of Abigail Thomas's memoir, A Three Dog Life, comes not only from her acute perceptions of a man without memories and her fear of losing her husband but from her refusal to surrender the shards of a loving relationship."—O, The Oprah Magazine

 

“Neither a downer nor a smug testimonial to the triumphant human spirit, just the perfectly honed observations of a clear-eyed and witty writer."--Newsweek

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