Rose in A Storm

Rose in A Storm

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz comes a moving and powerful novel, the first one inspired by life on his celebrated Bedlam Farm-and perceptively told from the point of view of Rose, a dedicated working dog.
 
Rose is determined and focused, keeping the sheep out of danger and protecting the other creatures on the farm she calls home. But of all those she's looked after since coming to the farm as a puppy, it is Sam, the farmer, whom she watches most carefully. 
   
Awoken one cold midwinter night during lambing season, Rose and Sam struggle into the snowy dark to do their work. The ever observant Rose has seen a change in her master of late, ever since Sam's wife disappeared one day. She senses something else in the air as well: A storm is coming, but not like any of the ones she's seen over the years. This storm feels different, bigger, more foreboding. 
   
When an epic blizzard hits the region, it will take all of Rose's resolve, resourcefulness, and courage to help Sam save the farm and the creatures who live there.
 
Jon Katz consulted with animal behavior scientists to create his unique and convincing vision of the world as seen through the eyes of a dog. Poignant, thrilling, and beautifully wrought, Rose in a Storm is a wonderfully original and powerful tale from a gifted storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345502650
0345502655
Branch Call Number: FICTION Katz
Characteristics: 217 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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jpainter Sep 24, 2014

A big New England snowstorm hits a rural farm with dire consequences for the people and animals there. Plot driven and a page turner on one level. But more truly fascinating and moving to the reader as the canine's perspective unfolds with the events, and for the insight offered into the work that dogs do as our companions.

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PJD
Jul 18, 2013

What a tear jerker!

hgeng63 Jan 09, 2012

A real tearjerker, about the seasons of life on a farm & the working dog that watches over the farmer & the animals.

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TheIronPaw
Oct 11, 2011

I finally finished it - I got too emotionally involved and has to stay away from it for several days. Where this book really shines is providing an insight into how the world must appear from the perspective of a dog, without excessively anthropomorphizing the view, though some amount is necessary to enable us humans to understand it. For example Katz describes the dog's view of the farm and her thought processes as an "image" (implying visual image)- we humans would be hard pressed to understand an image based largely on scents, as a dog's most likely would be. While the plot may be a bit heavy handed, a number of the incidents I have seen earlier in Katz's non-fiction work (e.g. Dogs of Bedlam Farm)enhancing the believability of this.

This book will appeal immensely to those who love dogs for what they are: dogs. It will appeal less to those who prefer to see dogs in anthropomorphic terms (e.g. themselves as "mommy" to the dog).

As an aside - I wonder if "Flash" is a reference to Footrot Flats dog.

ltrout May 16, 2011

What a surprise! This book was a quick read from the perspective of a working dog. I enjoyed that perspective on people, other animals, and how we rely on each other.

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Grandma_1
Jan 02, 2011

This story is seen through Rose's eyes and tells how she takes care of her farm and human. If you are an animal lover, this story is for you.

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