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Virgin of the Rodeo
     

Virgin of the Rodeo

by Sarah Bird
 

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If you liked the offbeat heroine of "Fried Green Tomatoes," you'll love Sonja Getz - the town loner, a cowgirl/intellectual - who's bursting to get out of her small Texas town and find the trick-roping father who left her as a baby. She hooks up with her only hope, a down-at-the-heels roper who promises to take her to her father even though he knows Sonja is not

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If you liked the offbeat heroine of "Fried Green Tomatoes," you'll love Sonja Getz - the town loner, a cowgirl/intellectual - who's bursting to get out of her small Texas town and find the trick-roping father who left her as a baby. She hooks up with her only hope, a down-at-the-heels roper who promises to take her to her father even though he knows Sonja is not expecting what she will find.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The search for a delinquent father drives Texas writer Bird's ( The Mommy Club ; The Boyfriend School ) waggish and wonderful novel about the Southwest rodeo circuit out of the chute and into the winners' circle. Ample-hipped, 29-year-old Sonja (for Sonja Henie) Gets knows that she's the product of a fling her tiny German-born mom Tinka had in Frankfurt in 1964 with a traveling Native American rope-twirler, who hasn't been heard from since. Sporting her multi-ethnic outfits and renaming herself Son Hozro (Navajo for ``harmony with nature''), the heroine haunts the rodeos looking for dad. When geriatric Tinka picks a doddery new mate, Son wraps up her pest-control business and hits the road with determination. She meets trick-roper Prairie James, a horny, manipulative has-been whose pompous macho attitudes Son ably punctures with plentiful feminist sass and voluble wit. When Prairie hints he might locate her parent, Son pays her own way as Prairie's fast-talking announcer on their bumpy odyssey, a partnership rife with roughhousing. The reader is treated to an insider's tour of the rodeo, including the women's, blacks' and gays' version of this bit of vibrant Americana. Bird equips Son with her own gift of twirly high-flying palaver that is as flamboyant, skillful and fun to behold as a loop-spinner's lariat. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Bird is one of several novelists who write in the funny, wisecracking, characters-with-quirky-names-and-personalities genre. Authors Rita Mae Brown, Fannie Flagg, Sarah Gilbert, and Tim Sandlin come to mind as compatriots, but there are others. The main character in Bird's fourth effort (others include The Boyfriend School , LJ 3/15/89, and The Mommy Club , LJ 4/15/91) is Sonja Getz of Dorfburg, Texas, who upon reaching her 30th birthday decides to go in search of her long-lost father. She shares this odyssey with reluctant partner Prairie James, a professional rope-twirler doing the second-rate rodeo circuit. They meet ``cute'' and continue to have ``cute'' adventures all along the way to the predictable ending. And therein lies the problem with this ultimately unsatisfying novel. Bird is a good, funny writer, but quirky characters and cute adventures don't add up to much, and relating to them is difficult. Recommended only where there is demand for Bird's books.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803261693
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Bird is the author of The Mommy Club, Alamo House, and The Boyfriend School.

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