The Boy and the Dog

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5.33 X 7.15 X 1.13 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Seishu Hase has published many bestselling novels in his native Japan, a number of which have been adapted for film. He has been nominated six times for the Naoki Prize, awarded biannually to the best work of popular fiction, and finally won it for The Boy and the Dog, which has sold a quarter of a million copies in Japan and is being adapted for film and published around the world.

Alison Watts is the translator of the novels Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, Spark by Naoki Matayoshi, and The Aosawa Murders and Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda. She is a longtime resident of Japan.


"A most extraordinary novel . . . An instant classic . . . It feels like The Odyssey . . . but from a dog's point of view. . . . It really stays with you." ―NPR's Dog Talk

"A delightful read. It's heartbreaking, it's funny, it's sad―it really covers all of the emotions. . . . It's an incredible novel--I really loved every moment of it." ―Christopher Hermelin, So Many Damn Books (podcast)

"A remarkable story of the transformative power of a dog. Like a figure from myth or fable, the dog inspires in the very flawed humans he encounters a desire for a new life, a new chance--and he just may do the same for you." --Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of One Good Dog

"Much like the love of our dogs, this fable about a lost dog and his epic journey to find home is a gift to us all." ―Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus

"A must read for any dog lover, this story of companionship, perseverance, and an incredible journey to find a long-lost friend speaks to our canine counterparts' innate ability to sense the times of our deepest need." --Ben Moon, author of Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime

"A highly original and unsentimental novel about the powerful bond between humans and dogs." ―Helen Humphreys, author of And a Dog Called Fig

"A preternaturally intelligent dog, but lost all the same, in a tsunami-ravaged Japan, is called many names by many people. Lose yourself in this story of a dog finding his way home, and in the stories of the lives he changes. No one stays the same, least of all the reader." ―Michelle Latiolais, author of Even Now, Widow, and She

"Heartwarming and suspenseful, detailing true resilience and survival." ―Belfast Telegraph

"Heartrending . . . Powerfully demonstrates how love and loyalty can overcome obstacles . . . and how a dog's love can save a person in every possible way." ―Booklist

"Affecting . . . Moving . . . Never feels sentimental or overdrawn . . . [Seishu Hase] proves himself a gifted storyteller." ―Publishers Weekly

"Heartbreakingly moving in its simplicity . . . A touching meditation on shining lights in the face of trauma and hopelessness." ―Kirkus Reviews