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Garth Stein is an American film producer and internationally bestselling author of thriller, literary fiction and children’s fiction.

He is best known for writing The Art of Racing in the Rain (2008), a contemporary classic tale about a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo, who imparts comprehensive knowledge on the essence of humanity to us.

The novel, which sold 6 million copies worldwide, was not only translated into 36 languages, but was also adapted into a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth Stein earned a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MFA in film from the same institution.

Having directed and produced various documentaries and music videos that received awards, he is a recipient of multiple literary awards, which includes two PNBA awards.

Garth currently resides in Seattle with his wife and three sons.

More about Garth Stein

Genres: Children's Book, Contemporary , Literary Fiction, Thriller

Born: 1964

United States


Non Series

  • Raven Stole the Moon (1998)
  • How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (2005)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain (2008)
  • A Sudden Light (2014)


  1. Hotel Angeline (2011)

Cloven (Co-authored with Matthew Southworth)

  1. The Cloven (2020)


  1. Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt! (2015)
  2. Enzo's Very Scary Halloween (2016)
  3. Enzo and the Fourth of July Races (2017)
  4. Enzo Races in the Rain! (2019)
Cloven (Co-authored with Matthew Southworth)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Raven Stole the Moon

A  grieving mother returns to a remote Alaskan town to make peace with the loss of her young son.

When Jenna Rosen abandons her comfortable Seattle life to visit Wrangell, Alaska, it’s a wrenching return to her past. The old home of her Native American grandmother, Wrangell is located near the Thunder Bay resort, where Jenna’s young son Bobby disappeared two years before. His body was never recovered, and Jenna is determined to lay to rest the aching mystery of his death.

But whispers of ancient legends begin to suggest a frightening new possibility about Bobby’s fate, and Jenna must sift through the beliefs of her ancestors, the Tlingit -- who still tell of powerful, menacing forces at work in the Alaskan wilderness. Jenna is desperate for answers, and she appeals to a Tlingit shaman to help her sort fact from myth, and face the unthinkable possibilities head-on. 

Armed with nothing but a mother’s ferocious protective instincts, Jenna’s quest for the truth about her son -- and the strength of her beliefs -- is about to pull her into a terrifying and life-changing abyss....

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 1998
ISBN: 978-0061806384
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

A struggling musician suddenly finds himself father to a teenage boy.

 Fathers never forget seeing their kids for the first time. But Evan is greeting his son, Dean, fourteen years late. Dean’s mother ran off to another city long ago—and now that she’s passed away, Dean has arrived in Seattle. Evan becomes a single parent in an instant.

Back in the day, he was lead guitarist for a hot band with a hit single. At thirty-one, he gets by as a guitar instructor to middle-aged guys, and does menial work in a music shop. He also struggles with his feelings about being viewed as a slacker by his heart-surgeon dad and his successful-lawyer brother—as well as with the epilepsy that could cause a seizure at any moment.

Now, with Dean in the picture, some things are going to have to change—and both of them will have some growing up to do—

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1616954314
Publisher: Soho Press
The Art of Racing in the Rain




The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Director: Simon Curtis
Cast: Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, Jackie Minns, Marcus Hondro, Ian Lake, Andres Joseph, Gary Cole, Donald Heng, Peter Ciuffa, Matthew Kevin Anderson, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker
Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0061537967
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
A Sudden Light

A gripping story of a once powerful American family, and the price that must be paid by the heirs as they struggle for redemption.

Twenty-three years after the fateful summer of 1990, Trevor Riddell recalls the events surrounding his fourteenth birthday, when he gets his first glimpse of the infamous Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. 

Trevor’s bankrupt parents have separated, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with Aunt Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, and divide up the profits.

But as young Trevor explores the house’s hidden stairways and forgotten rooms, he discovers secrets that convince him that the family plan may be at odds with the land’s true destiny. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1439187043
Publisher: Simon & Schuster


Hotel Angeline

Thirty-six of the most interesting writers in the Pacific Northwest came together for a week-long marathon of writing live on stage. The result? Hotel Angeline, a truly inventive novel that surprises at every turn of the page.

Something is amiss at the Hotel Angeline, a rickety former mortuary perched atop Capitol Hill in rain-soaked Seattle. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Austin is fixing the plumbing, the tea, and all the problems of the world, it seems, in her landlady mother’s absence. The quirky tenants—a hilarious mix of misfits and rabble-rousers from days gone by—rely on Alexis all the more when they discover a plot to sell the Hotel. Can Alexis save their home? Find her real father? Deal with her surrogate dad’s dicey past? Find true love? Perhaps only their feisty pet crow, Habib, truly knows. Provoking interesting questions about the creative process, this novel is by turns funny, scary, witty, suspenseful, beautiful, thrilling, and unexpected.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1453258279
Publisher: Open Road Media

Cloven (Co-authored with Matthew Southworth)

The Cloven

From Garth Stein, the author of the #1 bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Matthew Southworth, the co-creator of Stumptown come a raucously funny and fast-moving series of graphic novels. James Tucker is the most successful Genetically Modified Human Organism ever created. 

Half-man, half-goat, Tuck's story unfurls like an action-packed fever dream spanning the Pacific Northwest, from a homeless encampment to a secret sanctuary in the woods where elites perform ritual goat sacrifices. The Cloven Book One features a special full-color four page fold-out spread.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1683963103
Publisher: Fantagraphics


Enzo and the Christmas Tree Hunt!

The unforgettable dog Enzo, first introduced in the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, helps his family, Denny and Zoe, find the perfect Christmas tree in this heartwarming holiday tale.

The family heads off to the tree farm, filled with noble firs, cider, and Newfoundlands - the biggest dogs Enzo has ever seen, who help haul the Christmas trees away on sleds. But as Zoe and Enzo search for the ultimate tree, the snow begins to fall and Zoe loses her way. 

When Enzo comes to her rescue (with a few of his perfect puppy howls), he proves that family is never far behind. R. W. Alley's fantastic illustrations bring the beloved Enzo to life with lots of Christmas cheer.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0062295323
Publisher: Harper Collins
Enzo's Very Scary Halloween

When Halloween comes around, Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Jack-o’-lanterns light up the streets, giant spiders weave webs on porches, and ordinary lawns become creepy graveyards while every child and dog transforms into a creature of some kind—including Enzo!

Enzo the dragon is determined to protect fairy princess Zoë from the monsters and goblins in their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, his family is there to reassure him that everything is make-believe and only meant to be fun—just like the wonderful trick-or-treat parade that ends this spook-tastic night! R. W. Alley’s fantastic illustrations bring Enzo to life as he discovers the frightful fun of Halloween.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0062380616
Publisher: Harper Collins
Enzo and the Fourth of July Races

For Enzo, the Fourth of July means three things: fireworks, family, and car races! This year Zoë is finally old enough to compete in the Kids’ Kart Challenge. But when one of the boys at the track says that girls aren’t fast drivers, Zoë gets nervous and backs out of the race. Enzo knows it’s up to him to help his family regain the confidence to compete on the big day.

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062380593
Publisher: Harper Collins
Enzo Races in the Rain!

Enzo the puppy's action-packed adventure begins when he makes the journey from the farm to the city, discovers just how big the world is, and finds the family that was meant to be his.

R. W. Alley's bright and funny art brings the beloved Enzo to life as he learns to adapt to life in his new home and discovers just what it means to become a family.

Fans of Biscuit, Spot, Clifford, and other beloved dog stories will welcome Enzo!

Author: Garth Stein
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062939661
Publisher: Harper Collins