A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie by Dean Koontz

By Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz’s first ever nonfiction publication, the deeply relocating tale of his existence along with his solid puppy Trixie

Dean Koontz is understood for exploring the darkish facet of human nature in his fiction. yet his softer, playful aspect comes out while he talks approximately his cherished puppy, Trixie, a golden retriever.

Trixie had a unique position in Dean's center. And now, during this, his first non-fiction booklet, Dean opens his middle to his readers to provide us thoughts of Trixie, of the wonderful puppy who replaced him and adjusted his lifestyles.

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