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To Dance with the White Dog
     

To Dance with the White Dog

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by Terry Kay
 

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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

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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 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.
Winner of the Southeastern Library Association's Outstanding Author Award.

Editorial Reviews

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A master storyteller."
Anne Rivers Siddons
"To Dance with the White Dog is what literature is — or should be — all about....Kay is simply a miraculous writer....This book...burns with life."
The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu
"A hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships"
New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy
"Terry Kay is a perfect writer for those who love to read. His prose contains music and passion and fire. His work is tender and heartbreaking and memorable."
From the Publisher
"Terry Kay is a perfect writer for those who love to read. His prose contains music and passion and fire. His work is tender and heartbreaking and memorable."

"This short book moves like poetry....A loving eulogy to old age....A tender celebration of life, made poignant by death being so close at hand."

"Manages to texture a plethora of everyday details with a kind of subtle, supernatural resonance."

"To Dance with the White Dog is what literature is — or should be — all about....Kay is simply a miraculous writer....This book...burns with life."

"A hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships"

"A master storyteller."

Los Angeles Times
"This short book moves like poetry....A loving eulogy to old age....A tender celebration of life, made poignant by death being so close at hand."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671726737
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
11/01/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
133,936
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.56(d)

What People are Saying About This

Desmond M. Tutu
A hauntingly beautiful story about love, family, and relationships
Anne Rivers Siddons
To Dance with the White Dog is what literature is — or should be — all about....Kay is simply a miraculous writer....This book...burns with life.

Meet the Author

Terry Kay's novels include Taking Lottie Home, The Runaway, Shadow Song, and the now-classic To Dance with the White Dog, twice nominated for the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award, and winner of the Southeastern Library Association Book of the Year Award. Terry Kay has been married for 44 years and has four children and seven grandchildren. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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To Dance with the White Dog 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is a testament to the meaning of true love and family. The characters are well-developed. This book has just enough detail to keep you reading, but it's quick and easy. Beautiful story about relationships. Loved the main character and the dog! Wonderful story! I highly recommend this book.
J-in-Florida More than 1 year ago
Very much a book about love. Love it from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful presentation of the handling of a family with an aging member; in fact, in some incidents there are outright laugh-out-loud happenings, as well as very touching moments. I have read it twice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about grief, aging, love and family through a mysterious White Dog that can only be seen by Sam Peek. It demonstrated a life-long love, natural process of aging and family relationship. You can taste bitterness and sweetness as you entered Sam¿s life. You can feel the tears in his eyes, loneliness in his heart and joys on his face throughout the entire book. The book is simple and easy to read. Once you start, you can¿t stop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story about the loss and love, and the hardships of growing older that we all must face someday. Where the straight seem insane and the sane might seem crazy, the comedy of this book is sweet while the sadness touches you and holds you long after you finish reading for the night. With this character driven novel, you come to know, to enjoy, and ultimately to miss the main character whether it be Sam Peeke or White dog. This beautiful story is a testament to family, and relationships, and ultimately to Terry Kay. A must read that touches you and leaves you with a true loss, but at the same time with true feeling and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this for the first time in 7th grade to pass the time, yes im a little geeky, and fell iin love with it, have loved it every time ive read it since!!!!!!!!
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thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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A must read for all generations of a family. There are lessons to be learned from the father, the children and those who love and treasure animals. If all families were to live their lives such as this family did, what a wonderful world it would be...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, touching story.
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A good read for someone who has recently lost a parent and to possibly get the feelings of the other parent left behind
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To Dance With the White Dog is an intriguing novel following one man through a lifetime of memories. Sam Peek a respectible tree farmer, devoted husband, and great father relearns that the simple things in life are some of the most important after all. I enjoyed this novel so much i went on to read a couple of oter titles by him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful novel will inspire and change you. A beautiful, moving story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers an insightful view of human nature and relationships. For romantics, it is a beautiful story of love that lasted a lifetime - and beyond. It offers knowing and humorous insights on human nature and family dynamics. Especially for southern readers, it is exceedingly -- and enjoyably -- true to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful!!! It was filled with love, loss, mystery, and even a little humor. Terry Kay is a great writer!!! I highly recommend you to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you know what it means to love and to be loved....if you believe that love never dies....then this book is for you! (If you're a dog lover, it will help even more!) It will bring a smile on your face.... and tears in your eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading.