He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.
Suddenly, Emily is forced on a journey to find out who her husband really was... all the while feeling that somehow he isn't really gone. And what if he isn't?
Angry, hurt, and sometimes betrayed by loving memories of the man she lost, Emily finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein. But is Einstein's seemingly odd determination that she save herself enough to make Emily confront her own past? Can he help her find a future - even after she meets a new man?
©2011 Linda Francis Lee (P)2011 Tantor
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Giving my mind a break from weightier historical fiction and crime novels, I gave Emily and Einstein a listen. Still meaty enough, yet light enough not require every brain cell, the book was just right. A little far-fetched fantasy (pardon the pun) where an almost dead husband is turned into a pooch never hurt anyone. Also, as a woman having tried to balance being a wife, mother and full time career during the 1970's, I found it quite refreshing to hear that Emily and Jordan's mother, a pioneer in the women's lib movement came to the startling realization that she COULDN'T do it all . . . just like we all did. I'm a lover of children's books, too . . . just as Emily is . . . so I found the book a very enjoyable detour.
It is the story of a man/husband who dies and lives in the body of a dog (Einstein). It is sweet and adorable but interesting. It shows you also a bit of the publishing world.
I would recommend this audiobook to my friends because the story line is different and exciting. This book (without revealing any spoilers) had so many different aspects to it and you got to see essentially how all of the characters were feeling about the situation at hand. The author did an excellent job to make sure the characters were feeling according to their personality and not because she needed to have multiple different angles.
My favorite moment is when Emily gets back on her feet and moves on with her life. You see that she doesn't hold onto anything that she doesn't need and Sandy helped her move on her way. You also see how she has grown since the accident and how she has carried the accident with her as a learning experience rather than a burden. You find that with little help for anyone other Sandy, she has to push forward on her own.
My favorite scene is the final scene when she runs the marathon. (Not trying to give an spoilers so I will leave it at that)
Jordan was the most memorable character. She was flaky, she was abrupt, and she was definitely not appropriate. You find however, that she is hurting just as bad as Emily for different reasons and you see how she is affecting everyone around her. She still stays the same old Jordan through out the book even though Sandy too tries to help her cope with her problems.
Overall the book was EXCELLENT. I loved the fact that they had to voice actors narrating the book, I also loved the fact that the book wasn't typical. Some of the areas were, but overall the book showed growth and depth within the characters. You feel for Emily and Jordan as well as Sandy through the tough situation that they are all facing. However, you see how everyone in the book grows from it and becomes better people from it.
So this isn't great literature, but it is a pleasant story that has a nice ending that is about what you would expect. I found it very relaxing.
After the party and the anger in Einstein is so like any selfish self centered man. He reveals what a jerk he is and he doesn't see it.
When the man picked her up in the lobby
This is a wonderful book. The characters are true to life.
The trials Emily seamed to overcome all of them
When Einstein finally found peace
Great great great book
The main character is a book editor, and although she often describes something as being a cliche that she would delete as an editor, it appears that the editor of this book did not see fit to do the same.
Not sure, because I only heard it - did not read it. Maybe the cliches would have been less noticeable - not sure.
A movie, yes. While listening to the book I occasionally I thought it might have been written with that in mind. I think it would really make a successful movie.
I loved the idea of the shallow jerk of a man having to live in the body of a dog… and how he ended up becoming a much better human being.
Love to listen to recorded books while driving, gardening and cleaning house!
A true literary surprise.
I particularly liked how Einstein suffered physical discomfort when he began behaving selfishly.
My favorite scene was when Einstein showed Emily the dirt on his human mom.
Oh... if only I had 12+ hours to sit and do ANYTHING, it would be to find out what Einstein would do next!
There is hope... even if you're a dog.
It was interesting enough to keep me awake on a long drive, but too unrealistic for my liking. Reincarnation as purgatory, good works getting you to "the other side," but never recognizing God.....bottom line is it's probably not a good choice for someone with strongly held religious beliefs.
The switches between characters points of view.
Yes, although sometimes Cassandra got too whispery.
It would have been nice if Emily, who is supposed to be a strong female, wasn't projected for the entire book as a weak-spined female who sounds like she is whining and whispering all the time.
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