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To Dance with the White Dog #2020

To Dance with the White Dog By Terry Kay To Dance with the White Dog Sam Peek s children are worried Since that saddest day when Cora his beloved wife of fifty seven good years died no one knows how he will survive How can this elderly man live alone on his farm How
  • Title: To Dance with the White Dog
  • Author: Terry Kay
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  • Page: 313
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  • To Dance with the White Dog By Terry Kay Sam Peek s children are worried Since that saddest day when Cora, his beloved wife of fifty seven good years, died, no one knows how he will survive How can this elderly man live alone on his farm How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields to care for his few rows of pecan trees And when Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as thSam Peek s children are worried Since that saddest day when Cora, his beloved wife of fifty seven good years, died, no one knows how he will survive How can this elderly man live alone on his farm How can he keep driving his dilapidated truck down to the fields to care for his few rows of pecan trees And when Sam begins telling his children about a dog as white as the pure driven snow that seems invisible to everyone but him his children think that grief and old age have finally taken their toll But whether the dog is real or not, Sam Peek one of the smartest men in the South when it comes to trees outsmarts them all Sam and the White Dog will dance from the pages of this bittersweet novel and into your heart, as they share the mystery of life, and begin together a warm and moving final rite of passage.
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    1. Terry Kay

      TERRY KAY, a 2006 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is the author of The Book of Marie, recently released by Mercer University Press Kay has been a sports writer and film theater reviewer Atlanta Journal Constitution , a public relations executive, and a corporate officer He is the author of nine other published novels, including To Dance with the White Dog, The Valley of Light, Taking Lottie Home, The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene, Shadow Song, The Runaway, Dark Thirty, After Eli, and The Year the Lights Came On, as well as a book of essays Special K and a childrens book To Whom the Angel Spoke.

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    1. Quite simply, this is one of my favorite novels of all time, and one that I ve reread at least a dozen times It tells the story of an elderly widower, who s befriended by a dog that no one else ever sees, a dog that helps him through his loneliness Warm and touching, it s a novel that people of all ages can enjoy.


    2. TO DANCE WITH THE WHITE DOG by Terry Kay is one of those books that I know I ll continue to read every few years for the rest of my life All that he can fit into less than two hundred pages leaves me and every other reader of this book breathless and crying a mix of tears from joy and sadness DANCE WITH THE WHITE DOG primarily concerns itself with an elderly man, Sam Peek, who is a man in his early eighties that has recently suffered the loss of his wife of fifty seven years, Cora Once a strong [...]


    3. Terry Kay is a very gifted story teller I saw the made for TV movie years ago but I am so glad that I read the book The story is complex than the movie could convey dog lovers will love this book It is based on Terry Kay s parents and is a remarkable account of two people who loved each other The sentences are simple but elegant and I could see each character in my head including the white dog.


    4. Beautifully written, poignant tale about a man finishing the remainder of his well lived life without his wife of 57 years As someone who lost both my parents in my early and late teens, I never got to experience them as an adult I tend to enjoy stories that explore the relationships between adult children and their elderly parents This is a novel that begs to be read again and again, with the heartache and hope being just as vivid, just as visceral each time.


    5. A Profoundly Beautiful Short Novel Filled With Insights About Life, Loss, Mystery And Hope Not To Be Missed To Dance With The White Dog is one of the most beautifully written, poignant, tender, memorable, albeit at times heartbraking, books I ve read in quite some time While short in length, the book, to quote the Los Angeles Times, moves like poetry a loving eulogy to old aged is a tender celebration of life, made poignant by death so close at hand I won t describe the book s plot which is actu [...]


    6. I loved reading this book It is about family caring with all the silliness and loveliness that accompanies it The author does a good job of writing believably Here s a sample ey would praise the departed by reciting and embellishing some small, special story out of memory The dead had been good, or the dead had been mischievous or thrifty or strong or shy or outrageous or brave or jovial or any of countless other attributes that, given forgiveness for shortcomings, made for a likeable person Tha [...]


    7. I had seen the Hallmark series production of Terry Kay s To Dance With the White Dog when it was on TV in the early 90s and remember being very inspired by the story however, I had never read the book I met the author at a writer s conference I attended in Athens, Georgia in 2003 and purchased an autographed copy I m so happy that I had the chance to be re introduced to this tender story As well as being inspirational, this is one of the best character driven novels I ve ever read Terry Kay pain [...]


    8. The whole dog wife concept was a bit odd, but I still liked this book a lot I thought it was interesting that the story was based on true happenings in the author s father s life And I especially liked the interplay between the family members I like that these books chosen for my church book club are ones that stretch my book choices and make me think about different things and situations I hope that I am the type of old person that my family cares for and about, like the children in this story [...]


    9. This slim book is just chock full of wisdom and poignancy Sam Peek has survived his wife of 57 years, but now his children are concerned about whether he can still care for himself Into Sam s life walks a mysterious white dog, who then becomes his companion, even though no one besides Sam has actually seen the dog This book may move you to tears it did me and the sweet story will stay with you long after you finish.


    10. This book is definitely a Five Star book And like the white dog dances into the protagonist s life after his wife of many years dies, this book danced into my life at a time when I needed to be enchanted and lifted up by a tale I fell in love with the character who goes on a journey who couldn t empathize with him as he encounters trouble and puzzlement on his adventure This is simply a delightful book.


    11. My wife really likes Hallmark Hall of Fame movies and I recognized this title from one of the movies that she watched a few years ago I have not seen the movie so I cannot compare it to the book.This was a quick read but that might have to do partly with the fact that I started it close to the weekend and had time for reading The main character is Sam Peek and the story begins as his wife dies Sam is in his 80 s himself so he has had a long life with his wife.Throughout the book we learn about [...]


    12. I finished this book several days ago, and I m still thinking about it That s significant for me I tend to walk away from books, even good ones, and forget them almost instantly I m not going to give away plot points, but I ll say that there is a strong supernatural element to the book Interestingly and it s a rare thing when this happens in a supernatural type book , the mystery is clearly secondary to the characters and relationships The mystery is even left dangling a little at the end, but i [...]


    13. A lovely little tale about growing older and recovering after loss An old man, now alone after the death of his beloved wife, adjusts to his life And during this time, he is befriended by a white dog, that at first, no one else can see But he and the dog develop a wonderful understanding, and the old man doesn t let a little thing like age stop him from living The discussions that the old man s daughters had while worrying about him in a widowed state made me smile, for kids never seem to rememb [...]


    14. I suggest you not read this book It s about old people when they get old You know how old people are You won t like this book It s about families dealing with old people fretting and fussing and worrying and calling each other all the time You won t like reading about that, I guarantee it Stubborn old people you know how they are No use reading about them Driving slow down the road Muttering about stuff you ve already heard and don t care about You know how it is Why read some story about some o [...]



    15. Having been the caregiver for my aging ailing father, I related to much in this story I totally saw myself in the daughters with my father and his teasing , the reading or hearing something that made me jump to the worse case scenario, etc Hindsight is so much clearer than trying to look through the eyes of pain, frustration, fear and sadness.


    16. A lovely book, based in rural Tennessee in the mid 1970s The main character, Sam Peek, is 81, frail, smart, and independent He is surrounded by his grown kids and grandkids a loving family The story begins with the hours immediately after Cora, Sam s wife, dies It s based on something that happened with the author s parents, and you could call it magical realism or maybe it was reality at its most magical What is it like to be a newly widowed 81 year old man in frail health You might think a boo [...]


    17. Review by Patrick To be honest, I only read this book based off of my wife s suggestion I wouldn t have picked out this book to read by myself, but I trusted her judgement and put this on my list I read it, but it just wasn t my thing.It started off down right depressing I mean Sam s long loved wife had just died Then it continues telling the story of this old man as he lives without her companionship.The story did have a ring of truth to it It felt like this was a real story I could see that Sa [...]


    18. I loved this sweet story of adult children caring for their recently widowed father most likely because I m in the midst of this myself and the humor in the story is good for the soul Sweet, charming, beautiful relationships I especially enjoyed the stubborn hard headed father and his reply to his over protective daughter after she tries to make him promise not to take such risks in everyday life Well I guess you re going to have to worry I know what I can do and what I can t If you want to worr [...]


    19. A very sweet story An elderly man named Sam has just lost his wife of 57 years He lives near his grown children Soon after his wife died he sees a white dog hanging around the property he tries to tell his kids of the white dog but no one sees the dog but Sam the dog slowly comes around for only Sam to see and they eventually become pals The dog even dances with Sam when he is on his walker Since Sam is alone and his kids consider him in need of their care they are around checking in on him and [...]


    20. I read this because I got it for a dollar for the Kindle and because I remember seeing the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie when I was a kid I remember it distinctly because it was the first movie to touch me enough to bring me to tears Either the movie was a lot better, or my taste has improved significantly in the past twenty years Oh, let it be the latter, please


    21. Already fussing with the idea of leaving my engineering career to try my hand at writing when I read this book on Gary Carden s recommendation , I was startled to discover that Terry Kay lived just down the street I called him We discussed writing In a nutshell, his advice to me was don t quit your day job.


    22. This was a wonderful book sad, funny, heartwarming but not saccharine The relationships among Sam Peek and his children felt very authentic And Kay has a fine ear all the dialogue sounds absolutely real Based on the life of the author s father I liked it so much that after I finished it, I went right back and skimmed it a second time Great read.


    23. A sweet, sweet book about a widower and his dog who sure seems to have a lot in common with his late wife.That sounds sappy, but it works There are a lot of touching moments, and it s a smooth, pleasurable read.


    24. A quiet, tender story of an older man dealing with the death of his wife, his concerned children, and a mysterious white dog who enters his life In the afterward, the author says the story is based on the truth from his father I believe him.


    25. I loved the beginning and the end, but the middle really dragged for me Still, it s a sweet story that made me cry several times If you like emotional reads, I think you ll enjoy this one.


    26. I read this book several years ago, and I had forgotten about it until a friend relayed a story that reminded me of this I remember really enjoying this book



    27. The truth in a fiction formatI loved this book about aging and family and the grief a long term spouse feels after being widowed Sad but also true and filled with love.



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