Despite the ever-present oppression of the Jim Crow South around him, Tobit Messager had become a prosperous and well-respected man. Then one day forces beyond his control start a cascade of misfortune that leaves him blind and nearly destitute. It is then that an affable travelling musician, who calls himself Ace Redbone, shows up on his doorstep claiming to be a distant relative.
In an effort to alleviate his family's dire situation, Tobit allows his son, Tobias, to accompany Ace Redbone on a quest to collect a long overdue debt. Together, Ace, Tobias, and a most peculiar dog named Okra set off on a journey that will lead to unexpected consequences. Currents of grace begin rippling through not only Tobit's family but his entire community as hidden crimes are revealed and justice, which had almost been despaired of, is served.
This retelling of the biblical story of Tobit, set in North Carolina during the Depression, brings to life in surprising ways the beloved Old Testament characters, including the important but often overlooked family dog.
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Michael Nicholas Richard was born in Saco, Maine. He has lived most of his life near New Bern, North Carolina. His short stories have been published in small press, magazine, and paperback markets. He lives with his wife of 35 years and their two dogs.Review:
Sheldon Vanauken, author of A SEVERE MERCY (which is indeed a masterpiece) gave me the best compliment I ever received from an author when he told me that one of my books was on his bookcase. He lived monastically in a one room cottage with one bookcase, and whenever he kept a new book he had to throw out an old one. If I were living in his house, TOBIT'S DOG would be one of the books I'd keep, to read again in a few years. That applies to about 1 out of 100 of the books I read. - Peter Kreeft, Author, Jacob's Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth
First and foremost, Tobit's Dog is a rollicking good read.Michael Richard is a very skillful writer. He draws the reader in effortlessly, creating believable situations and empathetic characters that make you want to follow along, to see what will happen next.This is a hard tale to categorize. Human drama? Mystery? Supernatural thriller? Quirky Gothic? It defies pigeonholing. I recommend you get a copy and judge for yourself.-- Roger Thomas, Author, The Last Ugly Person and the soon to be released Accidental Marriage
An adventure that yields love, redemption and justice, Tobit's Dog is a magical book, delivering a thoughtful message with engaging prose. -- Mark Larda, Galvaston County Daily News
Tobit's Dog is a wonderful, engaging story. I picked it up and read it right through, thoroughly enjoying every moment of it. This is a wonderful, wise story. -- Arthur Powers, Author, The Book of Jotham
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Book Description Ignatius Press, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111586179098
Book Description Ignatius Press, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB1586179098