The Year of the Dogs is an unforgettable story of love, friendship and addiction. Tempered with humor, this tender memoir shows the simple pleasures of a starlit sky, a dog's smile, even a last goodbye. Though the raw pain of loss is palpable, Sheva shares her secrets to survival: an indomitable spirit and an amazing ability to love and to forgive.

Marie Sheva has touched countless lives with her story of love and loss, and has advocated for more than 15 years to end the stigma surrounding addictive illness. She lives with her husband, daughter and two dogs in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

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Over the past decade and a half, hundreds of copies of The Year of the Dogs have found their way into the hands and hearts of those who needed this story the most. From high schools and local libraries to treatment facilities and prisons, The Year of the Dogs has served as a source of comfort, inspiration and hope, reminding us that love is always worth fighting for and that, once loved, no one ever dies. 

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