The format is a bit unusual. The novel is divided into sections, each with a chapter narrated by a different character. Those characters include Rae (typical Pam Houston female, this time a playwright) her Ir...more
I thought, from the title, that this would be about a seeing-eye dog, but it's actually about a woman who is unlucky in love, except when it comes to her dog, Dante, who is dying of cancer. But there's plenty of humor in this book, and healing. I loved it.
It's a rather sad story about an Irish Wolfhound with osteosarcoma, and his owner, a playwrite from Colorado, who must deal with the dog's illness. It's not all doom and gloom though...there are some very funny parts. Ultimately, however, the book is about faith. Faith in love, faith in relationsh...more
Houston has covered this terrain before in her best-selling story collections (Cowboys Are My Weakness; Waltzing the Cat) and a collection of non-fiction, A Little More About Me. In her first novel, she expands the scope of her storytelling without giving up the outdoor settings and failed romances. The debate over her use of multiple narrators is evenly split: some critics think the collection of voices (12 by one count) provides perspective; others find it unnecessarily complicated. Most agree...more
But I'm not a huge "pet person". However, I became more of a pet person after reading this book.
Pam Houston is a great writer...I'm a big fan. This is the story of finding and losing her dog, Dante.
The book can be a bit confusing, because it is told from many viewpoints, including the dogs and cat. However, it is a beautiful lesson about how every pet is sent to you to teach you something about life.
Beautiful descriptions of Colorado and a drought, wonderful insights into love and friendship and dogs and life in general.
Here's a couple lines I liked (this one from Dante): "I wanted her to see that somet...more
I was warned that the book had some sadness to it, but the part that gripped my heart the most was the narrative at the start from the veterinarian that treated her beloved Dante.
Being a vet tech for most of my life, this really hit home. When you dedicate your life to healing animals you get so caught up in the world of their own language...more
I really enjoye...more
This book was inspired by the author's own dog, who developed the same type of cancer as the dog in the story. One of my vet school professors actually operated on the author's dog, and is mentioned in the acknowledgements. I'm impressed by the author, because I'm a pretty nitpicky guy, but she seemed to get the bulk of the medical stuff right.
The novel was an appropria...more
The story was a good one. Rae,eccentric and an emotional mess, has Dante, an Irish Wolfhound, in her life.It is the tale of how Dante, just through being who and what he is, is the catalyst for change in not only Rae, but the other people in her life.
Now the exasperating part. Each chapter in the book is told through the e...more