Sara Davidson captured America's imagination with her seminal account of life in the sixties, Loose Change. She has been called "the liveliest historian of her generation" by Malcolm Cowley. She was one of the first group that developed the craft of literary journalism, drawing on intimate material from her life and shaping it into a narrative that reads like fiction. Her articles have appeared in many magazines, including Mirabella, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic and the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of three other books: Real Property, Friends of the Opposite Sex and Rock Hudson: His Story.
Cowboy: A Novelby Sara Davidson
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On a whim, while working on the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Sara Davidson flies to Elko, Nevada, for a cowboy poetry festival. She has a chance meeting with an attractive, green-eyed cowboy from Arizona who makes bridles out of rawhide. At first she dismisses him as a jerk, an "insolent yokel," but months later, feeling at loose ends, she calls and invites him to visit for a weekenda weekend that alters the course of both their lives.
Having a fling with a cowboy is a common female fantasy, but for Sara and Zack the sexual fling deepens and intensifies. They try to resist it because they seem completely wrong for each other's and don't fit into each other's lives. Sara writes books and television shows, studied at Berkley and Columbia and lives in a suburb with her two young children. Zack barely finished high school, doesn't read the newspaper and lives in a trailer in the desert. Yet after several weeks apart, they're compelled to see each other again.
Sara's children are charmed at first by the visiting cowboy, but when they realize he's going to stay around, they react with anger and vulnerability. Sara's friends and colleagues are skeptical, and she's forced to adjust her own ideas about who's a suitable partner.
"The affair has endured," she writes, "and it has taught me things I did not know about love, the body and the heart, the way we link ourselves to people who may not be politically or socially or in any way correct."
Sara faces a classic struggle between the mind and the heart, the worldly and the timeless, and between one's loyalty and devotion to children and one's physical needs as a woman. She understands she must find a way to yoke these conflicting needs or be grateful for the romantic interlude and walk ahead on her own.
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I thought this was a very truthful, erotic romp about a strong woman and her cowboy. I felt it was very honest and emotional and that every woman should have their own Cowboy!
I loved this story. It was really good. It is about a city girl (a writer for Dr.Quinn Medicine womam) who runs into a not so attractive country boy ( a leather craftsman). She wasn't so hot about him at first but then she started to see what a great guy he was. And he realized what a great girl she was. There is lots in between that.. : ) It is really good. You will have to read it or listen the audio book to find out what happens
Sara writes and loves from her heart. A fabulous book. 10 years ago a cowboy walked into my life.We have been living together for 5 years now and the quality of life that we share is like Sara's bedroon chairs.There is no better place to be.The story was riviting and so close to home.My cowboy is a history buff and the boots are plain,and yes the starch thing is right on target-i got quite a chuckle out of that one.Ther are so few Real Men left in this world, and Sara is truely blessed. Her kids will florish with the life they have with Zack. If mom is happy,everyone is happy.One of the best books!
I really did enjoy reading this book, not only because I found myself having so much in common with the main character, Sara, but also because she really speaks truthfully about her feelings for her cowboy lover, her children, her ex and his girlfriend, her coworkers and friends. She's not a superhero...she's human. I think a lot of women can relate to her thoughts, doubts, strengths and weaknesses as a lover, a mother, and a writer.