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“Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit…” —Redbook
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.
When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.
With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.
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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. I really thought that this was going to be a book about a dog based on the cover. I obviously did not read the book's summary prior to starting this audiobook. There is a dog in the book but that dog is really not the main focus of the story. This was a story about race, love, and what really makes up a family. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this wonderful story. This book is told from two points of view. Dr. Lucy takes care of animals and the occasional human that comes to her for help. She lives a rather isolated life on her ranch and likes it that way. Pete is a 12 year old boy that happens upon a wounded dog laying on the side of the road and feels compelled to help. Pete finds help for the dog in Dr. Lucy and so much more. The characters in this book were wonderful and they all had their own complex story to tell. Dr. Lucy has been through a lot. The book is set in a time where people do not want to take a female doctor seriously so Lucy uses her skills to help animals. Pete has had a lot to deal with in his short life. Despite the way he is treated, he is still such a good kid and works hard to do what he feels is right. Justin and his father, Calvin, are new in town. The town has not been welcoming to them and has treated them poorly because of the fact that they are African American. I loved the way that the relationships between these characters developed. If the rest of the world would simply go away, these four people would be very happy. Pete and Justin have so much in common and I loved watching their friendship progress. Lucy goes from being alone most of the time to have a real connection to Pete, Justin, and Calvin. Everything about their interactions seemed natural and it made me very angry that the local citizens did everything they could to not allow any of the connections to exist. The narrators both did a great job with this story. I really do enjoy it when audiobooks utilize multiple narrators. Nick Podehl did a great job with Pete's point of view which was no small task since the character is a 12 year old boy. Teri Schnaubelt voices the parts that were told from Dr. Lucy's point of view. Both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion into the story telling and were very pleasant to listen to for long periods of time. I would not hesitate to listen to either of these narrators again in the future. I would recommend this book to others. This was a very well told story that really care about the characters. This was the first book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I have read but I wouldn't hesitate to read more of her work in the future.
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Catherine Ryan Hyde has become my go to for just sweetly perfect stories. I have read four of her books and they are all unique, but the same. They have fantastic characters that draw you in from the very first page and you want to root for them and their story. In this story, Dr. Lucy has moved to a small town and has isolated herself. She has surrounded herself with animals and outcasts, until a boy ends up on her front porch with a dog that needs care. She decides to take him and the dog in and her world is turned upside down.
Say Goodbye for Now was a beautiful story. I knew it was going to involve dogs, but I did not know it was going to also tell the story of the 50s and 60s. There were a few things I didn't even know before reading this story. I really felt like it transported me back to a time where there was a lot of racial tension, and people were hurt for no reason. I honestly did not realize that interracial marriage was at one point illegal, I knew it has always been difficult for people of different colors to be together, so this story really opened my eyes. Also, I could not bear to think that a friend of mine would be beaten just because I was white and they were black. I had so many black friends when I was little, and I cannot imagine someone telling me I couldn't play with them or even if they were to be hurt in any way. This book really tugged at my heart strings, and I was constantly holding my breath, hoping nothing else too severe would happen to the characters. I loved all the main characters: Lucy, Pete, Calvin and Justin. Pete had a very horrible father, and those scenes were a little hard to read. Sadly, people still go through situations like these. Despite this book being about the 50s and 60s, so much of this still goes on today, and it is heartbreaking. The romance in the story was an unexpected surprise, and I loved it. I also loved the letter writing, and how the time lapsed over the years before the book ended. I recommend this to everyone and anyone, and despite the book always being better than the movie, I hope someday this is made into a movie. I would love to see it again on screen, and I will definitely be re-reading this one! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars! I was provided an ARC copy of Say Goodbye for Now in order to participate in a blog tour and to give my honest opinion.
Say Goodbye For Now is the story of how unsuspecting people come together in a unforgiving time. It's 1959 in Texas, Dr Lucy lives on a insulated Ranch taking care of abandoned animals until a young boy named Pete shows up with a injured wolf-dog hybrid. As they get to know each other, a young black boy by the name of Justin who Pete has befriended gets badly hurt by a group of men. As Justin recovers at Lucy's house with his father, Calvin and Pete close by. A little romance between Calvin and Lucy makes them open up to what their world might be like after another incident with Calvin that forces them apart for awhile. As Pete deals with his abusive father who has a very ugly secret that will force Pete to realize who his true family is. With Calvin and Justin having to leave town before anything bad happens to anyone else, it will take something major to happen before they all can find their happy ending and where they truly belong! This book was amazing with they way that this story just grabs you and won't let go until you have it finished at 1:00 in the morning! I was a little hesitant to read another book by Catherine since the last book I read by her (Ask Him Why) wasn't all that great for me but this book makes up for that and definitely makes me curious about some of her other books now! Just reading this book about what happens to everyone involved is just one reason that we need to be more tolerant of each other now matter what color of our skin is to who we vote for without going back to a time like this book. Thank You to Catherine Ryan Hyde for writing a book that made me curious about your other books and wondering what is to come in the future!! I received this book from BookSparks : Say Goodye For Now Blog Tour in exchange for a honest review!
It's 1959. Dr. Lucille Armstrong lives alone in the country, with her animals. Pete, a 12 year old boy lives with his father, though he's really alone as well. Justin and his father just moved to the area. Then there's Prince; a wolf/dog hybrid who brings them all together! Moving, emotionally charged historical saga! Finding ones self, each other and letting go in the hopes those loved ones will return! Magically written and thought provoking. Would love to say hello (and read) to a follow up novel! Book free for honest review thru Netgalley and publisher.