The Last Cowgirl
By Jana Richman
Avon Books, Paperback, 9780061257193, 302pp.
Publication Date: January 2009
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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.
“Richman’s mastery of the emotional geography is illuminating and call(s) to mind the work of Pat Conroy.”
“Rich characterizations and vivid sense of place. One of the year’s finest works of local fiction.”
-Salt Lake City Weekly
“A warm story of good folks who make bad decisions and then have to live with them.”
“Readers will be irrevocably drawn into this top-notch fictional debut from an amazing new talent.”
“ Engrossing. The narrative touches on complexities and contradictions that touch so many lives: steadfast patriotism vs. threatening governmental action; urban Mormonism vs. its earthier rural equivalent; and people vs. a past that can leave them with heavy baggage. With lovely specificity, Richman manages to tell a true Utah story.”
-Salt Lake City Weekly, 2008 ARTYS Awards (Winner, Best Fiction Book)