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Virgin of the Rodeo

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 1st 1996 by Paperback Nova Audio Books (first published 1993)
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This was recommended to me and I loved the Yakota Officer's Club. It was a fast read. It was pretty good but it didn't knock my socks off. The characters are all pretty unlikable until a few chapters in -- high expectations alone helped me hang on. The characters redeem themselves to be sure, and there are a few plot twists, but it felt pretty light and I didn't walk away a changed person. It's an entertaining, pretty honest (sometimes crass) tale of underdogs improving themselves.
Outlandish flawed characters, funny, well-written, twist in the plot and everything you wanted to know about rodeos.

29 yr old Sonja Gets sets off to find her father who her mother Tinka had a fing with in Frankfurt in 1964. She hooks up with Prairie James, a trick-roper and tours the rodeo circuit as an announcer. She ends up finding herself.
Sarah Bird has always had a sharp eye, but in this novel she goes right over the line into misanthropy, losing me. This is a minor, late entry in the freakshow genre of the 1980's and early 90's (Carolyn Chute, Geek Love, Harry Crews). Far from her best.
This book was a little funny, but not very engaging. An a-typical story of a girl looking for her father, but I couldn't relate to it, even though I live in Texas.
Brea Jones
must read for anyone from texas who felt like an outsider/went to the rodeo/identifies with texans at all.
Oct 21, 2007 Vanessa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
This is a book I wish I hadn't read so I could read it and enjoy it the way I did the first time.
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
A fun read, reminiscent of Tom Robbins.
Got better as it went.
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