Roam: A Novel with Musicby Lazar, Alan
Nelson, half poodle/half beagle, is adopted when a puppy by a newlywed couple from an East Coast pet store. Nelson loves his life with Katey and Don until the marriage hits a rocky spot and Nelson finds the gate unlatched and wanders away. After spending time as a stray, he hitches a ride with a long-haul trucker and travels to Montana. Nelson meets and falls in love with another stray, saves a man's life, is hit by a truck, spends time in shelters, encounters coyotes, wolves and humans and ultimately ends up in California.
Roam is written from Nelson's point of view and will appeal to those who love animals. Interactions with humans and other animals are interestingly and believably described. While there are several heartrending moments, the book isn't excessively maudlin. Parents should be cautioned as there are scenes of sexual interactions. There are QR codes at the ends of some chapters which the reader can scan with a smart phone to listen to instrumental music, written by the author, that accompanies the story.
Reviewed by nw, 11/11. Other reviews by nw. Have you read this book? Tell us what you think!