March 4, 2008

Book Review: The Last Cowgirl

The Last Cowgirl by Jana Richman is about a woman named Dickie, who at age 52 is still trying to find where she belongs. After the death of her brother, Dickie must return to the ranch that her father moved the family to as kids. This novel is set in present time with flashbacks to Dickie's childhood.

Jana Richman does a great job in describing the way of life of a cowboy/rancher and the beauty of the land. She really dives into the culture of this small cow town of Clayton, Ohio leaving you to believe you have really been there.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. I found the characters to be believable and the situations to be ones many face regardless if living in the city or country.

Here is an excerpt:
I was seven my father decided to be a cowboy. My summer attire went from sunsuits to Keds to snap-button shirts and boots faster than my sister, Annie, could pick up jacks, and Annie held our neighborhood's title of Queen of Jacks....I pinpoint that event as the rock that dropped into the puddle of our family and splattered us Sinfields out of a collective life of ordinariness into five separate pieces scrambling for a soft place to land. But Annie says Dad's cowboy dreams had been sizzling an popping for years before that, sort of like a cheap aluminum coffeepot left on the stove long after the liquid had boiled away.

1 comment:

  1. I may have to check this one out. My parents grew up in Wyoming and our die hard cowboy fans. My mom even rode in rodeos. Thanks!


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