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by Steven D. Wolf
Here’s a secret: I was the under-bidder on Marley & Me. From the first pages of John Grogan’s manuscript, I knew he had written something very special, but Algonquin didn’t win the auction for the book, and I went home without this pet project. So, for almost a decade now I’ve been on a mission to make up for that loss and bring Algonquin its own bestselling dog book. As you know, in the years since Marley was published, a whole genre of “dogoir” has sprung up. But believe me, not all dog stories are the same. You don’t even want to know how many we rejected before I fell madly in love with Comet’s Tale by Steven Wolf.
For me, Comet’s Tale has everything: a remarkable dog (the first-ever greyhound to become a service dog), a beautifully written narrative of change and redemption, and a back story about abused greyhound racers that is heartbreaking but also, in Comet’s case, heartwarming. In fact, this is a book that can make even the toughest of men go soft and mushy. To wit: Craig Johnson, author of the bestselling Longmire series and no stranger to grizzled cowboys and dead bodies-plus, he’s quite a tough guy himself-loves this book: “The story of Steven Wolf and his rescuer, Comet, is one of the best I know. I’m glad Comet saved Wolf’s life so he could write this marvelous book.”
I have no doubt that you will fall in love with this remarkable dog. And with your support and enthusiasm, I hope that we can collectively share Comet’s inspiring story and help raise awareness of the plight of these magnificent animals.
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