Publication Day: I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson

On Tuesday we launched a new Algonquin paperback with a new, snazzy cover (featuring my new favorite dog): I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson. We’re giving away three copies of this puppy–just leave a comment here or on our Facebook page to enter.


This is a story for the dog-people; for the pet people; for anyone who’s ever had a best friend and anyone who has worried about the future and anyone who has forgotten how to move on. Read about Paul Gustavson and his dog Stella as she helps him through a tough time, listening with compassion to all his complaints about the injustices of life and giving him better counsel than any human could. Their relationship is at the heart of this poignantly funny and deeply moving story about a man trying to fix his past in order to save his future.


Here’s what people are saying about the book:

“A recent No. 1 Indie Next Pick, [this] novel about the bonds between dogs and humans is heartfelt and nostalgic . . . Stella’s wisdom sets the luckless Paul on a brighter life path. It’s her nobility . . . that gives the story its power.” USA Today


“A delight . . . Yes, Stella talks. And the conversations are so charming and matter-of-fact that it hardly seems worth asking from whence this special power comes.” Bark magazine


“A truly outstanding talking-dog story . . . With exquisite tone control, [Nelson] has given us a story that’s sweet and loving but never sentimental . . . Graceful, gratifying.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


“Stella the dog is always charming. And there’s a dignity and gravity to Paul’s affection for her . . . Their friendship [is] one of the best ever put down on paper.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch


For more on the man and the book, visit Nelson’s website here.


–Susannah Long, intern

14 Comments On This Post:

March 24, 2011
7:16 am
Colleen Turner says...

I have heard how touching this story is. I would love to win a copy! Thanks!

March 24, 2011
8:32 am
Myles Moffit says...

Who knew?

March 24, 2011
9:29 am
Jon says...

Looks like a wonderful book especially for dog lovers. Thanks for the contest and giveaway.

March 24, 2011
9:39 am
Anna Mills says...

A book with a dog on the cover? And from Algonquin? The perfect combination! Thank you…In the past I have been very grateful for those odd sized books from Algonquin, very easy to spy out at huge library sales.

March 24, 2011
10:40 am
Ann Boles says...

I alway wonder what the dog is thinking–great way to find out! Thanks for the give-away.

March 24, 2011
11:01 am
Ashley, the Accidental Olympian says...

I have such a soft spot in my heart for dog books. Here’s to hoping I win!

March 24, 2011
11:19 am
Teresa says...

Looks like another good one, please count me in.

March 24, 2011
8:50 pm
Lonna Pierce says...

I would like to win this for my friend, who adores dogs. I, on the other hand, love my friend

March 24, 2011
10:52 pm
Kim says...

It sounds wonderful! I’d love to read it!

March 26, 2011
8:04 am
Roberta Brown says...

I’m thinking I gotta enter to win a contest that reminded of the day I ran into an old acquaintance. How does this tie in? Said book title was the first thing out of his mouth! I reassured him I was alive and rolled again out of his life.

March 26, 2011
7:17 pm
Nancy says...

Sounds like a winner, and I hope I am as well!

March 28, 2011
11:15 am
rachel says...

An enjoyable read I am sure!

March 28, 2011
11:55 am
Jan says...

This is a must read book for any animal lover. I can’t wait to get it. And what a great title!

March 28, 2011
4:12 pm
Monica says...

Sound’s fantastic! Without animals, I would have had a hypertensive crisis already at age 26!

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