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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393327396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393327397
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #639,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Postfeminist toughness and post-hippie sentiment are the alternating currents of this wry, tender novel by Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness; Waltzing the Cat; etc.) about a Colorado playwright and her beloved Irish wolfhound. Rae hasn't had much luck with men, but her love for her dog Dante is pure and uncomplicated. When he is diagnosed with cancer, she puts all of her energies into prolonging his life, volunteering him for experimental surgery. The ups and downs of the three years he spends in remission are narrated from the perspective of the motley friends who float in Rae's out-sized orbit. Chief among these is Howard, the adorably histrionic actor whose love is Rae's main consolation for the looming loss of Dante; there's also Darlene, Rae's tough-as-nails housekeeper, who keeps things running at the ranch while Rae's at her Denver apartment or traveling to exotic places. Then there's restless, jaded Jonathan, Rae's fellow playwright and best friend; Jodi, the young bride of a surrealist painter, who moves to Colorado and finds a soul mate in Rae; Dr. Evans, the driven vet who labors to save Dante; and Brooklyn Underhill, Dr. Evans's idealistic young ex-soldier assistant. And of course, Dante has his own say, as does Rae's rambunctious second dog, Rose, and Darlene's cat, Stanley. Houston isn't afraid to venture into boggy terrain—readers who squirm at the notion that dogs have human "moms" and "souls as deep and authentic as anything in creation" will resist being carried along at first—but the novel's humor and irony are bracing, and different voices provide welcome contrasts in tone. Houston's gift for capturing the dynamic of unorthodox webs of relationships is on pleasing display in this gruffly warmhearted novel.
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Houston draws readers in to experience the intimate bonds among her characters, not only through her protagonist's ups and downs with her friends, but even more through her special relationship with her Irish wolfhound, Dante. On the one hand a fiercely independent playwright who travels the world, Rae is also a woman beset by insecurities and who has not had the greatest success with her "people" relationships. Her love for Dante has been her anchor during rockier times, and when the dog is diagnosed with bone cancer, Rae begins a journey to realize that truly living means not hiding from pain, but savoring the sweetness in spite of loss. The story is told not only through Rae's own eyes, but also through the eyes of Dante and a diverse cast of characters, including Rae's prickly housekeeper, her dark and brooding best friend, and the doctor who treats her pet. Whether from the perspective of a human or an animal, the tone is witty and warm. Houston's ability to reveal the flaws in each of her characters invites readers to know them on a more personal level. Fans of the author's short-story collections and new readers alike are in for a treat with Houston's first novel.–Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I had to read a Pam Houston book for my book club, and ended up choosing this one with just one weekend left to read it. I just flew through this novel. I really enjoy books that shift points of view of the narrator. This one included about 10 people 2 dogs and a cat. I read it in just hours and cried at the end. I totally recommend this book for dog lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich, Heavy, True Wonder July 16 2016
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Gorgeous book. I'll read a paragraph and have to put the book down and just breathe in what the author wrote. I can't believe someone can write so beautifully. Well, obviously I can believe, but it's a marvel. A rich, heavy, true wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Journey of Risk, Courage, and, Ultimately, Hope Jan. 27 2005
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This long-awaited first novel from writer Pam Houston does not disappoint. With candor and a balance of pain and humor that we've come to expect from Houston, Sighthound is a journey that will leave you deeply touched and changed. The novel is written from multiple points of view, and everyone gets to speak including the narrator Rae, her family of dogs, her quirky yet lovable actor husband, two veterinarians and Rae's diverse community of friends. Sighthound takes the reader on a wonderful journey of hope and courage, and I was left feeling like even the painful moments in life can bring us joy. It's an engaging read that takes a lot of emotional as well as structural risks, and they all pay off. A wonderful story of love and hope and connection with others! I can't wait for her next novel.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for Houston fans and those who love a special dog March 2 2005
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While following Pam Houston's writing long enough to know that she is Rae and Dante is real, I found the love she had for Dante to be validating to me, considering the depth of the love I feel for my dog (and vice versa, I hope). Her story from each person's perspective who was involved in the life, the decline in health and the eventual death of Dante was a great way in which to write such a rich story. Her writing is fabulous and each person in the book becomes a friend.

Now, where is the sequel with the happy puppy news about Mary Ellen?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sight Hound Feb. 8 2009
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I have already rated this transaction. The book arrived in great condition and in a very timely fashion. Have yet to read it, but would deal with this provider again in a minute.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs, strong women, and beautiful writing April 10 2005
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If you love dogs, strong women, Colorado, hockey, ranches, complicated yet lifelike characters, and beautiful writing, Sight Hound is a must read. I haven't read Pam Houston's other books, but they are also highly acclaimed. It's a little tough getting your bearings since each chapter is told in first person from a different character's point of view, including several dogs and a cat, but once you put it together it's a fast ski ride down a huge snow covered mountain on a warm spring day.

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