The long-awaited novel; a very special love story; from the best-selling author of Cowboys Are My Weakness.This is the story of a woman, Rae, and her dog, Dante, a wolfhound who teaches "his human" that love is stronger than fear (the dog has always known this). Dante is the catalyst for change in other characters as well, and they step forward with their narratives: Rae ...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.
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
But I also got very tired of the more literary-fiction aspects while we were reading about Rae's previous dull romantic partners, or ab ...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
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.
How fun and touching that Houston had two dogs narrate this book--as well as multiple other people (which for the most part was great, because they are all quirky and interesting...but at times it got a little confusing keeping track of who was who).
With her wonderful descriptions, Houston made me want to live on a ranch in Colorado.
The focus of this book is LOVE. What's not to love about that?