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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.


"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)


"Exquisitely written essays... Thomas has elevated what could be, at best, an overemotional sermon or, at worst, a grim romp in self-pity to a high plain of true inspiration." Donna Chavez, Booklist


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

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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kjwuest, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by kjwuest)
This is heart-breaking, and yet very funny memoir. How the author balances the two is inspiring. Anyone experiencing grief or anticipatory grief would benefit from this kind exposure of the roller coaster of emotions and real life in the midst of known and unknown.
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mimi24, December 21, 2007 (view all comments by mimi24)
when i first read the title, i though it was about a woman who lives with her dogs all by herself. but i started to read the book , i found that it wasn't all about the dogs and that I'm still want to know why she called it the three life .
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Product Details

Mariner Books
Thomas, Abigail
Dogs - General
20th century
Authors, American
Healing - General
Inspiration & Personal Growth
Personal Memoirs
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Thomas, Abigail
Biography - General
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Trade Cloth
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Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
8 x 5.31 in

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A Three Dog Life
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Product details 208 pages Harcourt - English 9780151012114 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Exquisitely written essays... Thomas has elevated what could be, at best, an overemotional sermon or, at worst, a grim romp in self-pity to a high plain of true inspiration."
"Review" by , "Heartbreaking...Thomas writ[es]...with lots of grace and little self-pity."
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