I Thought You Were Dead (CD-Audio)

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By Josh Clark (Read by), Pete Nelson
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“Dante may have had his Beatrice, but Paul Gustavson has Stella, a venerable pooch who is his guiding light for matters of the mind and heart. Their ongoing dialogue is smart, sweet, and poignant, and together they take on their fears of thunderstorms and seedy bars (hers) and normal, loving relationships without the buffer of alcohol (his), each bringing out the best in each other. This book is clever, heartwarming, and engaging.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


For Paul Gustavson, a hack writer for the wildly popular For Morons series, life is a succession of obstacles. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents' money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and a new pair of running shoes (he’s promised himself to get in shape). And then there’s Stella, the one constant in his life, who gives him sage advice, doesn’t judge him, and gives him unconditional love. However, Stella won’t accompany Paul into his favorite dive bar. "I'll roll on dead carp, I'll even eat cat turds, but that place grosses me out." Stella, you see, is Paul's aging Lab-shepherd mix, and she knows Paul better than he knows himself.

In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it’s a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side—especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation—life can be full of surprises.

About the Author

JOSH CLARK is a veteran of the New York stage, having performed on and off Broadway and in the surrounding regional theaters for many years prior to moving to the west coast.  He has continued his theater work in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Antaeus company. Mr. Clark has guest starred on many television shows and movies, including Inherit The Wind, Sleeper Cell, ER, E Ring, Women's Murder Club, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, and recurring roles on Star Trek Voyager and most recently Heroes.  With LA Theatreworks, he has done three National tours of a radio re-enactment of the Orson Welles version of HG Wells' War of the Worlds.

Pete Nelson is the author of several books, including Left for Dead. He is also a singer-songwriter with a select but devoted following. He is not, however, the Pete Nelson who writes books about tree houses, although he has nothing against them. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

Praise For…

“Pete Nelson has spun a beautiful ballad out of the humblest elements: an old dog, a drinking problem, a Minnesota family and a woman torn between two lovers. He’s also written a truly outstanding talking-dog story. With exquisite tone control, Nelson has given us a story that’s sweet and loving but never sentimental. This could easily be the book the smarter people in Lake Wobegon might be reading on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, when football’s not in season.”
      —The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Paul’s thoughts are read simply and in a straightforward fashion that seems just right for the character’s many interior monologues. Clark is especially good as the calming voice of Stella [Paul’s faithful dog], who has her master pretty well pegged yet loves him, warts and all.”

“I literally found myself at points laughing and at other points crying.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9781615730902
ISBN-10: 1615730907
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: April 13th, 2010
Language: English