Some call it "cowboy feminism." Some call it "the last frontier in dating." Sara Davidson writes the "Intensely intimate, sexually compelling"* story of a romance between a writer and an unschooled rugged cowboy: "we walked, or I should say, leaped into the affair knowing that it had no future and we went on from moment to moment because we needed it and we were absolutely sure that in a short time, we would look at each other and have nothing to say and that would be that. Yet it has endured ... and it has taught me things I did not know about love, the body and the heart and the way we link ourselves to people who may not be politically or socially or in any way correct."
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"What does a woman want? Rodeo and Juliet," concludes Maureen Dowd of the New York Times as she mulls over the greater sociological implications of Sara Davidson's Cowboy: A Love Story. Davidson made her mark with Loose Change, a lively account of young women coming of age and sleeping around in the '60s. Now in her 50s, she has mapped another trend: taking lovers low on the social food chain. In Cowboy, which she describes as a "fictionalized memoir," Davidson chronicles her real-life affair with Richard Goff, a rawhide braider who sports turquoise boots and has never heard of Anne Frank. She's 10 years his senior, was educated at Berkeley and Columbia, and was the lead director and co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Improbable match? You bet your Stetson.
The two were tethered in 1993 when Davidson covered a cowboy poetry festival in Elko, Nevada, for the New York Times (which he seemed to think was a multiplication problem). When she returned to Los Angeles, he sent gushy, grammatically challenged letters and leathery trinkets of affection. Davidson flew her Marlboro man in for the weekend; what she thought would be an overnight fling blossomed into a romance that has lasted years. From work and family to education and upbringing, their relationship has tested every aspect of Davidson's life: her prepubescent children won't let her forget they want the "hick" gone, her ex is threatening to take the kids away, and supporting her trailer-bound buckaroo is straining her career. Fortunately, her friends give their blessing: "When you're 49, your close, true friends don't care if he's the Elephant Man, as long as you're happy."
Cowboy is down-to-earth, charming, and shameless. You can't help but root for the heroine when she's plagued with self-doubt, even if the love scenes gallop out of control: "I grabbed his hair and yanked his head back. 'God! You'll quit bucking and I'll have my way with you!" Still, it's a testament that love comes in many packages and at any age. Yee-haw! --Rebekah WarrenAbout the Author:
Sara Davidson captured America's imagination with her seminal account of life in the sixties, Loose Change. In the nineties, she was co-executive producer of the hit TV series Dr: Quinn, Medicine Woman. She has been called "the liveliest historian of her generation" by Malcolm Cowley. She was one of the first group that developed the craft of literary journalism, drawing on intimate material from her life and shaping it into a narrative that reads like fiction. Her articles have appeared In many magazines, including Mirabella, Harper's, Esquire, The Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. She is the author of three other books: Real Property, Friends of the Opposite Sex, and Rock Hudson: His Story. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
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