“NOT ALWAYS HOME BEFORE DARK is more than a dog book, it is a love story,....elegantly written, beautifully observed...it is the rarest of things, a book that will make you feel better about life...” -Michael Korda, author of Passing
"...an Aspen-centric twist on the folksy man's-best-friend tales that have followed in the footsteps of John Steinbeck's "Travels With Charley", a comparison that "Not Always Home Before Dark" lives up to.” -The Aspen Times, newspaper
In NOT ALWAYS HOME BEFORE DARK international, bestselling author Brooke Newman tells the engaging story of a malnourished, bedraggled, sad dog rescued from the flooded streets of St. Bernard Parish during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and brought to an animal shelter in Aspen, Colorado along with a number of other dogs. Fostered and then adopted by Ms Newman, given the name of Cajun, this once unhealthy pup flourished in his new family that also included a large Newfoundland and a miniature long haired dachshund, becoming a dog with an insatiable wanderlust as he explored the Rocky Mountains and the pleasures of living in a ski town while also traveling 2271 miles every summer to the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Hampered with severed abandonment issues, Cajun was also an independent soul who soon became known by locals and tourists as “the wedding crasher”, the “uninvited party guest”, and the “powder hound”. Riding the gondola on Aspen Mountain, chasing snowmobilers only to join their winter picnic, and joining strangers as a surprise “best dog” for summer weddings, Cajun consistently won the hearts of strangers and family alike. Insightful and beautifully written Ms Newman’s book reminds readers that life with a dog is a blessing.
BROOKE NEWMAN is an international, best-selling author and an award-winning playwright. Her previous titles, including the hugely successful THE LITTLE TERN (which was crafted into a play and made into a musical CD in Japan), and her critically acclaimed releases JENNIEMAE AND JAMES, ISSUES AND TRENDS IN HEALTH, and THE LOST TERN, have in total sold more than two million copies in seventeen countries worldwide. NOT ALWAYS HOME BEFORE DARK is the author’s sixth published book. The mother of four adult children, the author resides in Aspen Colorado.