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Virgin of the Rodeo

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  211 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"No one's ever invented a rodeo gal like this before." - Kirkus.

Sonja Getz would always be out of place in a town like Dorfburg, Texas -- the spot where her mother, minuscule Tinka Getz, washed ashore and shortly afterwards gave birth. Big-boned, book-addicted Sonja was left to grow up in utter solitude, comforting herself with fantasies of her absent father, whom she assu
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Published September 1st 1996 by Paperback Nova Audio Books (first published 1993)
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Aug 29, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 17, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous
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.
Oct 10, 2013 Celina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Keane
Not good enough to get me to finish it. I loved the boyfriend school so much but this one didn't grab me. Boyfriend School took place in Austin, Texas, and captured some garage apartment essence of Austin. Virgin of the Rodeo is silly but doesn't capture any Texas types I've known.
Brea Grant
May 02, 2009 Brea Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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.
I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't muster up an interest in the characters.
Aug 24, 2008 Ramona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sep-dec-2008
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.
Sep 28, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read, reminiscent of Tom Robbins.
Dec 10, 2010 Whitaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
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Loved every page. Bird's characters are so much fun!
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