November 3, 2005

Knowing the ending

Sight HoundSight Hound by Pam Houston – I knew the dog was going to die. It was obvious from page one. I tried to not like the characters, to not care about what was going on. I fought this book for the first 50 pages. Then Pam turned on all her charm and I couldn’t help myself. I’ve read and own two of Pam’s other books. Her writing makes me feel like she’s my friend. I knew this friend was going to loose the best dog she’s ever had. While it is fiction, all of Pam’s books are barely fiction. On her web site she has photos of her and Dante, the dog that changed her world. It was heartbreaking and touching and funny, just like pet ownership, love and friendship.

I’m not sure I can recommend this book because it made me cry and cry. It is not a book you want to read in public, at a coffee shop or airport. This is a book for a rainy afternoon at home, alone with your favorite pet. Pam Houston is a fantastic writer. If you haven’t read Cowboys are My Weakness, start there. If you know Pam, then you must read Sight Hound.

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