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I Thought You Were Dead

Fiction: Popular Fiction
Unabridged   7.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/13/2010

I Thought You Were Dead

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615730902
Digital Download ISBN:9781615730919


Paul doesn't have much going for him. For starters, he never made it as a serious writer, his wife has left him, his girlfriend is dating another man, he could stand to back off on the booze, and then there's the impotency issues. But Paul does have Stella—assuming that having a dog you believe can talk to you can be classed as an asset. At once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny, I Thought You Were Dead proves that, with the right friend by your side, you can overcome any obstacle.
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Product Description

For Paul Gustavson, a hack writer for the wildly popular For Morons series, life is a succession of obstacles. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents’ money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and a new pair of running shoes (he’ s promised himself to get in shape). And then there’ s Stella, the one constant in his life, who gives him sage advice, doesn’ t judge him, and gives him unconditional love. However, Stella won’ t accompany Paul into his favorite dive bar. “ I’ ll roll on dead carp, I’ ll even eat cat turds, but that place grosses me out.” Stella, you see, is Paul’ s aging Lab-shepherd mix, and she knows Paul better than he knows himself.

In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it’ s a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side—especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation—life can be full of surprises.


“I literally found myself at points laughing and at other points crying.”

“Paul’s thoughts are read simply and in a straightforward fashion that seems just right for the character’s many interior monologues. Clark is especially good as the calming voice of Stella [Paul’s faithful dog], who has her master pretty well pegged yet loves him, warts and all.”

“A brilliantly funny, highly original, and heartfelt.”
      —Mary Helen Stefaniak, author of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia

“This book will make you laugh, cry, and want a dog you can really talk to. . . .The fact that Pete Nelson can tell such a story without making the narrator’s charming talking dog seem unusual is proof of his power as a writer.”
      —Wyn Cooper, poet and author of Postcards from the Interior

“A cunning and completely winning novel. . . . You will fall in love.”
      —Susan Cheever, author of American Bloomsbury

“Pete Nelson has spun a beautiful ballad out of the humblest elements: an old dog, a drinking problem, a Minnesota family and a woman torn between two lovers. He’s also written a truly outstanding talking-dog story. With exquisite tone control, Nelson has given us a story that’s sweet and loving but never sentimental. This could easily be the book the smarter people in Lake Wobegon might be reading on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, when football’s not in season.”
      —The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Author Bio

PETE NELSON is the author of several books, including Left for Dead. He is also a singer-songwriter with a select but devoted following. He is not, however, the Pete Nelson who writes books about tree houses, although he has nothing against them. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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