Excerpt of ‘Tale’ title published Saturday

January 8, 2010
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Outside it’s snowing. But inside, and in libraries across Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties, it is “Raining.”

Garth Stein’s best-selling novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is this year’s selection for the “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project.

The first three chapters of the novel will be published in a special section in Saturday’s print editions of The Daily News. The section also includes a schedule of book discussions and author visits, information on a book review contest and brief updates on each of the past seven Tale authors — four of whom have new books scheduled for release in 2010.

“A Tale for Three Counties” began in 2003, a collaborative effort among public libraries in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. In 2005, Genesee Community College joined the project.

There are more than 100 “One Book” programs across the country. These projects encourage communities to pick up a single book to read and discuss. The programs often include visits from the author of the feature book.

Stein is scheduled to make four appearances in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties from March 11 to 13.

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” stars an extraordinary mutt, Enzo (named for the sports car maker Ferrari founder), and his owner Denny, a professional race car driver. The novel is written from the perspective of Enzo, who is taking stock of his life on the eve of his death.

Enzo is portrayed as a deep-thinker who has learned much by watching television and listening to his owner’s musings on life and auto racing. He looks forward to returning to earth in human form — the dog believes in reincarnation — so that he can become a gifted race car driver.

In the novel, Enzo recalls all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices of Denny, the unexpected death of Denny’s wifef Eve, and the battle with his wealthy in-law over custody of his daughter, Zoe.

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Courtesy of Batavia Newspapers Corporation

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