The Art of Racing in the Rain Questions and Answers
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Who is Mark Fein and Annika?

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Hello! In the novel The Art Of Racing In The Rain, Annika is a fifteen year old cousin of Eve's who is infatuated with Denny. On a mid-winter trip to the mountains, Annika is part of the group of Eve's extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who go along with Denny, Eve and Enzo for some skiing and snowshoeing. Enzo, the dog narrator, is worried that Denny is oblivious to Annika's attraction for him; later on, due to a fortuitous bark from Enzo, Denny is saved from giving in to Annika's seduction.

Mark Fein is Denny's lawyer. When Eve dies, Denny resists Eve's parents' offer to raise Zoe, his daughter. Eve's parents threaten to sue him for custody. Meanwhile, Mark assures Denny that Eve's parents do not have legal rights to their grandchild and that as the sole, surviving parent, Denny's rights supercede that of Eve's parents. He tells Denny that grandparents are nothing but trouble and that they only want to raise their grandchildren to make up for prior mistakes in raising their own children. When Denny is apprehended for supposedly raping Annika, Mark wants to know if there is any truth to the accusations that Denny is a rapist and a pedophile. Denny tells him that he is innocent, and Mark suspects that Eve's parents are manipulating the situation so that they can eventually win custody of Zoe.

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