Dickie Sinfield was seven years old when her father uprooted the family from their comfortable suburban home and moved them to a small, run-down ranch in Clayton, Utah, where he could chase his dream of being a cowboy. Dickie always hated the cattle-ranching lifestyle, and as soon as she turned eighteen she fled for the comforts of the city.
Now a grown woman, a respected journalist in Salt Lake City, Dickie is coming home following the tragic, accidental death of her brother. Suddenly back in the farmhouse she was once so desperate to abandon—emotionally exposed by, yet reluctantly drawn to the vast, desolate landscape and the solitude it offers—she must confront her family's past . . . and the horrifying discovery at the pivotal moment of her childhood that ultimately forced her to run from the desert.
Spanning two generations and vast landscapes, a novel that fans of Pam Houston and Barbara Kingsolver will eagerly embrace, Jana Richman's The Last Cowgirl will strike a powerful chord with anyone who has ever searched for solace in the space around them.
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About the Author
Jana Richman lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Steve Defa. She is the author of the memoir, Riding in the Shadows of Saints: A Woman's Story of Motorcycling the Mormon Trail. She invites readers to e-mail her at email@example.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like a book with dialogue that makes the characters come alive and just enough description that a sense of place lives within you, you will love this novel. The writing is absolutely superb and the characters will long live in my memory. The main character, Dickie, is not your ordinary girl: her emotional landscape perfectly matches the Utah basin where she begrudgingly resides. This book was good to the last drop. Highly recommended!
I love the characters in this book. They show how hard it is to understand family dynamics when growing up. They show how much you have to communicate when you care for someone. The horse riding is awesome!
Great characters and the place came alive in this story of one family's pursuit of a father's dream.
Now fifty-two years old and never married Dickie Sinfield looks back on her childhood when her father moved the family from the burbs to a Utah cattle ranch at seven she went from suburban princess to mucking cowgirl. Over a decade after the transformation, eighteen year old Dickie had enough with the rough lifestyle and fled the ranch for Salt Lake City where she became a reporter.------------ Over the decades Dickie wants nothing much to do with her family and denies her feelings for her childhood friend Stumpy Nelson. However, her mortality comes home to roost forcing her to reexamine her feelings when her brother, Hebert dies in a poison gas accident at Dugway Proving Grounds. She returns to the ranch for his funeral and to face her family, her friends, and mostly herself.------------ This is an interesting family drama that looks deep at the impact emotionally on decisions in which people have reasonable choices to make of fascination is how easily humans rationalize the selection vs. the rejections. In an aside subplot related to Herbert¿s death, the Feds are nuked by Jana Richman for their disregard of safety when it comes to handling of chemical and biological weapons, but the prime plot is people justifying poor choices.------- Harriet Klausner