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First, Katie trots into the lives of Pearl and Arthur, a warm-hearted elderly couple just a few doors down from Glenn. Later, John, a single Dad, and his rambunctious young son, Ryan, also move in and are seduced by Katie's charms. All of their lives are profoundly changed as they are transformed from neighbors to friends to family, with Pearl as matriarch. The motherless boy finds a "Granny"; his dad inherits a mother, Glenn discovers a confidante.
Set in New York City, we witness nearly 16 years of antics and family adventures spanning Hollywood high times, bad health, accidents, blustery winters, even the terrors of 9/11. Through it all, the family clings to each other, sharing a deep bond that give each comfort, support and security.
Based upon a widely read article in Family Circle, here is an unforgettable story about the love that makes a family - one that transcends the hard realities of time, tragedy, and inevitable loss.
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By Kathy on 05-27-12
A tear jerker but well worth the cry,,
What did you love best about Katie Up and Down the Hall?
Katie's relationship with all her neighbors
What other book might you compare Katie Up and Down the Hall to and why?
Very unique can't say I've read anything comparable
Which scene was your favorite?
Most memorable were the descriptions of the aftermath of 9/11
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Defiinitely cry!,, Reminded me so much of my own struggle to put one of my old dogs down
Any additional comments?
Loved it! Wonder if Glen ever got a new companion
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By stephen on 02-15-13
Heartwarming and enjoyable
Would you consider the audio edition of Katie Up and Down the Hall to be better than the print version?
I have not read the printed version
What did you like best about this story?
Heartwarming, sometimes sad but inspiring
What does Glenn Plaskin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His reading of Katie, Up and Down the Hall read at times by the author is oftne better than if read by an outside source
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
It, was.I did nit want to stop the listening pleasure
Any additional comments?
make sure to have abox ofTissues on hand as I owna canine companion and found myself thinking, What if this happened to me.I loved the story,wher it takes places(Native New Yorker)