racinginrainCouched in the drama of a young middle-class family in Seattle is one of those stories that may earn its place next to Richard Bach’s “Jonathan Livingston Seagull,” Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” and Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.”

Garth Stein’s third novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” (Harper, $23.95, 336 pages), is a fable with a heart. Like its best-selling brethren, it casts a sleeping spell on the readers’ native cynicism and persuades us to dust off old questions about faith and humankind’s better traits.

Read more. (From The Oregonian, May 8, 2008.)