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.