New book coming from `Marley & Me' author

June 25, 2008 6:51:27 AM PDT
"Marley & Me" author John Grogan is working on a prequel to the million-selling memoir about his dog.

"The Longest Trip Home" will be released in October by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, the publisher said in a statement Tuesday.

"It is the powerful, often hilarious story of a son in the making, and of growing up in a loving, but comically old-school Catholic family," said the statement issued by Morrow. "From his troublemaking childhood to his courtship of a fiery blonde named Jenny, Grogan writes about how he came to terms with who he is and what he believes."

"Even before `Marley & Me' was published, I knew this was the story I wanted to tell next," Grogan, 51, said in a statement. "`The Longest Trip Home' is a story very close to my heart."

A film version of "Marley & Me," starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, is slated for release in December.