A Three Dog Life

Author(s): Abigail Thomas


When Abigail Thomas's husband, Richard, was hit by a car, it destroyed his short-term memory and consigned him to permanent brain trauma. He had been taking their dog, Harry, out for a walk, and Harry had come home alone. Subject to rages, terrors, and hallucinations, Rich 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 rather than abandon her husband. 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, plain-spoken, 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. First published 2006.


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'The best memoir I have ever read... sad, terrifying and scorchingly honest. This book is a punch to the heart.' - Stephen King. 'Astonishing... an extraordinary love story' - Entertainment Weekly. 'Bracingly honest' - Vanity Fair For anyone who loved Marly and Me and Tuesdays with Morrie.

'a compelling account of love and lilfe torn apart.' -- Jennie Walsh TRIBUNE 'it is a small wonder, not a word wasted: a comedy of courage, eccentrcity and affection in the face of catastrophic loss. Nuggets of hard-minded wisdom, too tough to be cliches, stop you short.' -- Libby Purves THE TIMES

Abigail Thomas is the author of a memoir, 'Safekeeping', as well as a novel and two story collections.

General Fields

  • : 9780297852841
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : May 2007
  • : 183mm X 126mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Abigail Thomas
  • : Hardback
  • : 306.88
  • : 192