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Taking the ground of McMurtry and McGuane, Joni Rodgers drives a fresh and dangerous road through Montana, 1979. Having freed herself from everybody who ever tried to silence her, Tulsa Bitters finds her voice as a late-night deejay in Helena, and her dark tones attract every man in town. But the lover she chooses is an edge-walking, self-destructive misfit 20 years her senior. Crazy for Trying is a seductive, literate, and explosive western love story.
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San Francisco, California, U.S.A. 1996 Hard Cover First Printing Very Good in Very Good jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. Light soiling on endpapers and several pages have light ... fold marks. Read more Show Less

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Denver 1996 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing Fine in Fine dust jacket 1878448730. Using the vast Big Sky country of Montana as a backdrop, Rodgers chronicles a confused ... young woman's journey of self-discovery circa 1979 in this first novel. Read more Show Less

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Taking the ground of McMurtry and McGuane, Joni Rodgers drives a fresh and dangerous road through Montana, 1979. Having freed herself from everybody who ever tried to silence her, Tulsa Bitters finds her voice as a late-night deejay in Helena, and her dark tones attract every man in town. But the lover she chooses is an edge-walking, self-destructive misfit 20 years her senior. Crazy for Trying is a seductive, literate, and explosive western love story.
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Using the vast Big Sky country of Montana as a backdrop, Rodgers chronicles a confused young woman's journey of self-discovery circa 1979 in this uneven, mildly entertaining first novel. Dumped by her handsome artist lover and reeling from the death of her mother, a bestselling lesbian feminist author, 19-year-old Tulsa Bitters arrives in Helena, Mont., with $20 and a broken heart. Tall, overweight and overread, timid Tulsa soon discovers her own voice when she becomes "VA Lones," the first female deejay in Helena's history. Sensual and exhilarating, Tulsa's on-air personality captures the hearts of the town's cowboys, including "Mac" MacPeters, a 45-year-old self-destructive loner and bookworm. But their road to true love is blocked by personal demons and such obstacles as Tulsa's persistent ex-boyfriend and a devastating fire that almost kills Mac. Rodgers, herself the first female deejay in Helena, has an authentic voice that often gets lost in overblown language and an annoying glut of book references that are more pretentious than literary. Most disappointing, however, is the narrative's quick descent into sappy romance. Tulsa's emergence as a confident, secure woman comes less from her obvious intelligence and hard-won career struggles than from her affair with a sexy older lover. (Nov.)
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"Tulsa" Bitters leaves her Montana home to straighten herself out after her mother's death, her father's desertion, and a broken love affair. She finds herself amid a group of dysfunctional and charming people. She becomes VA Lones, a d.j. who captivates all who hear her. Can this overweight, brainy Jewish girl brought up by a famous "femilitant" lesbian mother find true happiness with an alcoholic, drug-using Vietnam veteran? Tulsa loves Mac, 20 years older than she and himself the son in a very dysfunctional family. It does work out, and the book gets better as it goes on. Rodgers makes all of her characters work as Tulsa gains self-esteem and comes to grips with her past life and the life she wants to live. Recommended for popular collections.Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus, Ohio
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  • ISBN-13: 9781878448736
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 361
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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