Waiting on Wednesday #4 // Sirius by Jonathan Crown

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

25412415This week I am waiting on Sirius by Jonathan Crown

Release Date: October 4, 2016

A highly original, tragicomic novel as seen through Sirius, an extraordinary dog who helps his Jewish family escape from Germany to California, becomes a Hollywood star, and ultimately contributes to Hitler’s downfall.

Levi, a fox terrier, lives with his family in a grand townhouse in Berlin. Each day he enjoys a walk through the neighborhood, where people greet him by name. But the year is 1938, and Berlin is no longer safe for Levi or the Liliencrons, his Jewish owners. They rename him Sirius, after the constellation, to protect him.

One night, Nazi troops storm the city and begin to search houses. Sirius alerts the family, and they manage to flee to California. In his new home, Carl Liliencron becomes a chauffeur and Sirius befriends everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant to Rita Hayworth and Jack Warner. He is renamed Hercules and becomes a canine movie star. Little does Sirius know that he’ll soon have to perform his most difficult acting role yet, when through a series of exceptional events as World War II unfolds, he winds up at the right hand of Hitler himself. Can Sirius help the German resistance, derail the Führer, and reunite with his family? Or is the cost of peace too high?

With charisma, heart, and delightfully spry prose,  Sirius is an enchanting fairy tale about love and humanity and a roving exploration of a momentous historical moment. Like My Dog Skip and The Artist, this feel-good novel will make you stand up and cheer.

It looks like this novel combines a bunch of my favorite things. It’s about a dog. It’s historical fiction. And a name that is inspired by a constellation.

I recently read Steven Rowley’s book Lily and the Octopus, which I loved. I love stories about dogs and the things they do because I feel like they have so much to teach us. There is nothing better than a really good book that illustrates the relationships between dogs and humans.

 Sirius feels like another story in the same vein and at such a momentous moment in history it feels like it could be a really epic plot.

What is your most anticipated book this week? Leave a note in the comments and let’s grow our TBR piles together.

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

9 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #4 // Sirius by Jonathan Crown

  1. OMG LILY AND THE OCTOPUS. I recently (very recently, like last week) got this book in the mail and guess what – I promptly put it into my bag, went into the city, and realised that my WATERBOTTLE LEAKED AND THE BOOK GOT WET. So it’s basically just hanging out on my drawer, drying T_T I did manage to read about 3 pages and it’s already gotten me hooked. Definitely going to be waiting for this one!


    1. It sounds like it’s going to be awesome! Maybe it is ridiculous but I have heard of dogs doing GREAT things so maybe this won’t be as fantastical as the blurb makes it sound.


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