Picks and Pans Review: Sight Hound

updated 02/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

By Pam Houston
NOVEL

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Best known for Cowboys Are My Weakness, a bestselling l992 short-story collection, outdoorswoman Pam Houston writes in her first novel of love and loss on a Colorado ranch. Her protagonist, Rae, has survived two marriages, and stronger than any of her human bonds is her relationship with Dante, her three-legged Irish Wolfhound. Though Dante is dying, Rae draws strength from her canine companion, whose voice is among those that drive the narrative. The adrenaline quotient is lower than in Houston's earlier work and the story seems contrived at points, but Sight Hound will resonate with readers who admire Houston's emotional risk-taking.

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