Edgar is a son of a dog breeder. His grandfather started breeding dogs, and then his son Gar had carried on the tradition. Usually dog breeders just birth the pups, and then 8 or 12 weeks later they are sold. In this case the “Sawtelle” dogs are kept and trained until they are 18mths old, and then they are placed with owners that are selected to make sure they are in a home that won’t abuse them, and will love them.
Gar and his wife have had problems having children. Finally after a stilbirth and a miscarriage, Edgar comes along. At about the same time, they take one of the dogs that they have birthed and trained into their home Almondine. There is a connection that starts almost immediately between Almondine and Edgar. The reason why – Edgar is mute, he cannot speak, but he can hear. So whenever Edgar moves about in his bassinette, since his parents cannot hear him cry, Almondine is the one to aelrt them.
Everything is idyllic in this story of life, love, heartbreak, and sorrow. that is until Gar’s brother Claude returns to the farm.
Arguing and disagreements between the brothers ensue, and comes to an questionable end.
This for me, at this point is where the story switches and in my opinion is interesting, but it just didn’t flow with the rest of the story.
Plots with other characters change and evolve, Edgar eventually runs away, and in the end, everything comes into focus from the prologue.
I will recommend this book, maybe you can understand the part where I say it changes. Maybe you will agree and maybe not. The poeticness of the author in the beginning of the book was far better then in the end.