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?With tough women and sensitive men, desert-dry humor, hot-springs sensuality, heartbreaking secrets, escalating suspense, and a 360-degree perspective on the battle over water, Richman?s twenty-first-century western is riveting, wise, and compassionate.?
? Booklist starred review
When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband, she buried a piece of herself?and more than one secret. Now, thirty-six years later, the rift between Nell and her daughter Kate threatens to implode as Kate, ...
“With tough women and sensitive men, desert-dry humor, hot-springs sensuality, heartbreaking secrets, escalating suspense, and a 360-degree perspective on the battle over water, Richman’s twenty-first-century western is riveting, wise, and compassionate.”
— Booklist starred review
When Nell Jorgensen buried her husband, she buried a piece of herself—and more than one secret. Now, thirty-six years later, the rift between Nell and her daughter Kate threatens to implode as Kate, now forty-six and a water manager for the Nevada Water Authority, plans to pipe water from a huge aquifer that lies beneath the family ranch to thirsty Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Nell's twenty-one-year-old granddaughter Cassie intends to unearth those old secrets and repair the resentments that grew in their place. Throughout the novel, sparse and beautiful landscapes surround an emotional wilderness of love, loss, and family.
Jana Richman is the award-winning author of The Last Cowgirl (HarperCollins, 2009), which won the 2009 Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. A sixth-generation Utahn, Jana was born and raised in Utah's west desert, the daughter of a small-time rancher and a hand-wringing Mormon mother. With the exception of a few misguided years spent in New York City trying to make a fortune on Wall Street, she has lived her entire life west of the hundredth meridian. She writes about issues that threaten to destroy the essence of the west—and about passion, beauty, and love. Jana lives in Escalante, Utah.
Praise for The Ordinary Truth:
“...with a unique voice, Richman crystallizes how secrets and silences flow through the generations...with depth of characters, beauty of language, and a haunting understanding of the landscapes that define us.”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, bestselling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom
"The Ordinary Truth tells a page-turner of a story about love and loyalty, loss and regret—and, ultimately, the stunning absolution of the simple truth. Richman writes...with the sure hand of a formidable storyteller."
—Stephen Trimble, author of Bargaining For Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America
Praise for Jana Richman's The Last Cowgirl:
"Richman's mastery of the emotional geography is illuminating...Calls to mind the work of Pat Conroy."
Praise for Jana Richman’s Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman’s Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail:
“Openhearted and uncommonly balanced.”
“Surprising and refreshing.”
“Much to admire in [this] moving memoir...[Richman] can write lyrically and unsentimentally about the most intimate experiences.”
—Newsday (New York)
—New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Frank and beguilingly unsentimental, Riding in the Shadows of Saints is an honest look at a powerful and wealthy institution and the people who live within its structures.”
“A mixture of road trip musings, quirky adventure tales, and spiritual reflections, with a healthy dose of unresolved family issues...universally compelling.”
“Well crafted, intimate, and engaging: an unorthodox rite of passage with rumination on faith, feminism, and more.”
“Like all great memoirs, Riding in the Shadows of Saints engages the heart while delighting the mind.”
—Fenton Johnson, author of Keeping Faith
“...a marvelous journey—and a most memorable book.”
—Gregory McNamee, author of Gila and Blue Mountains Far Away
“This book makes a significant contribution to feminizing the history of the American West.”
—Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Writing the Sacred into the Real
“A poignant mother/daughter love affair, a heart-wrenching father/daughter schism...a timeless quest for spiritual meaning.”
—Sally Denton, author of Faith and Betrayal
Posted June 22, 2013
In The Ordinary Truth the reader meets character after character who is strong, opinionated, and true to his or her core belief system; the fact that these characters are all related and yet committed to diverging agendas is the crux of Jana Richman's book. Told in the voices of four related women, the reader comes to know, intimately, seven characters, each of whom is delightfully fleshed out and whole. Each is passionate and authentic, though determined to follow his or her own path. Using present-day issues that are genuine threats to existence, Jana informs her reader without preaching, bring politics directly down into the personal. My personal takeaway is a beautiful quote about how to live life, which you'll find on page 201 as Nell's father is giving her some advice: he suggests that it's possible our task isn't simply to live life in the most efficient manner possible.Engaging, dynamic, and populated with characters who will remain with you long after the book has been closed, The Ordinary Truth is a thought-provoking and fulfilling read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2012
I agree with the Booklist Review. Great engaging novel. Interesting issues germane to water and the vitality of the American WestWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.