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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When sixteen year old Cat's mother is sent to prison in the fall of 1998, she is forced to leave the streets of Phoenix, Arizona to go live with her grandmother whom she has never met, in a remote mountain valley in Northern California. After a devastating incident, Cat is taken in by nurse/midwife Emma Cassady, and becomes an integral, yet controversial part of her circle ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 349 pages
Published 2011 by Wise Women Ink
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Caren ~ the misfit geek
This is a lovely and captivating book. It is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Melinda Field writes with depth and wisdom. The structure and flow of the book is unique and wonderful. It really enhances the overall theme of the book.

The characters in this book are rich and diverse. Each possesses incredible strength and integrity in very individual ways. I loved watching them change gradually as they dealt with their individual struggles. I enjoyed watching how they interacted and supported each
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on First Reads. This book was excellent from start to finish. I could not put it down. I cried multiple times and wish the story could continue. There is so much more I would love to know.....
Lani Phillips
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

There are those stories that we dive into, only to to find ourselves face to face, with the memory of our deepest joys and unfathomable fears. True is that book. Day after day as I opened the book to continue on the journey, I realized how much I yearned for the friendship and security that the women in this story experienced with one another. Melinda’s writing transported me from my quiet room, into the deep forests and the open fields, into the darkness of abuse and the cocoon like comfort of
Sarah Haman
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, horses
What a wonderful, descriptive book. This group of women, their cares and fears come to life. The environment is clear. The book goes through the year describing the cycle of life in this Northern California, mountainous, rural town. It's easy to feel comfortable with the idea of living in such a remote location.

This is also a challenging book. It deals with small town prejudice toward outsiders, Native Americans, and the problems of teens. The politics of having strings pulled in a town this siz
Heidi Underwood
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read!! Superbly written story that takes place in one of the most beautiful scenic locations on the west coast!! A very real story with People you feel you all ready know, dealing with lifes many challenges. Every range of emotion was experienced reading this book. As you travel through the lives of the many valuable quality characters in this read your heart will sometimes ache, cheer, fill with anger, be Thankful, pray for justice and most of all HOPE!! Hope that every one will come ...more
Mary Maddox
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found plenty to admire about Melinda Field’s novel True. In polished prose the author creates a world of memorable characters and a lavishly described rural Northwest American setting. She knows and loves horses. The novel’s title is taken from one character’s description of horses as “true to their ancestral memory, their environment, their instincts, and their herd.”

The same might be said of the Yee Haw Sisterhood, the band of women at the center of the story. They know where they come from.
Neha Kalra
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A breathtaking book! That’s how one would describe “True”. In a plot that resembles life itself, this book takes you on a wonderful journey of birth and death, making you realise the inevitability of both.

Caterina, a teenage girl is forced to leave the city of Phoenix, when her mother is sent to prison for prostitution and drug dealing. She has to go and live with her ailing grandmother whom she has never ever seen. The Green Valley in California is a cold and forbidding place for the young girl
Denise Schultz
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You're at least 40% through this book before she uses the word 'true', and its sudden appearance rings like a bell, leaving your nerve ends tingling, leaving you savoring how that one word rose like a bubble from the deep, to become the title of this story.

A group of women has formed long before the story begins, and one suspects, long before they were born, one by one, into the highly engaging world of this book. What is fragile and rigorous in their personalities runs side by side. Somehow the
Gerald Madsen
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thanks to GOODREADS for introducing me to, and giving me the opportunity, to read this terrific book.

Melinda Field has written an insightful book into the reality of a group of friends going through some very tough times, dealing with life's curve balls, and yet still coming out as winners. We share the heartaches of a broken family unit, single parenthood, date rape, and the devastation of cancer and Alzheimer's Disease. Then, Ms. Field offers us the blessing of acceptance of a stranger in a n
Natalia Iwanyckyj
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I started reading yesterday evening, and did not want to put the book down. I slept for a few hours, and finished reading this morning.

"True" is beautifully real. I was drawn into the stories of living and dying, laughing and crying, embracing and letting go. Traveling through the year with a group of women aged 16 to 58 was a treat. With diverse life challenges and gifts, each woman has her own journey, and is intricately woven into the lives of her Yee Haw sisters. I enjoyed:
~ The enduring rel
Vicki Krueger
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just finished reading True for the second time, and again I loved this book. I felt like the first time I just blew throught it and never really let myself feel the characters. Wow, I really missed out.
Ms. Field is such a discreptive writer, I could smell the barn,the horse's, the food, the fresh smell of the garden in the early morning and the smell of a morning fire. I could feel the laughter and joy,the pain,the confusion and the sorrow.
I could feel the relationship between all these
Noah Perlman
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I read True by Melinda Field my heart was touched in so many ways. As I thumbed my way through each page, I found myself on edge, not only wanting to know what happened next, but needing to know. True sends the reader to the wild outdoors, a place of magnificent beauty, and a setting that is not experienced by many. I believe everyone can relate to True in a profound way because each word and page is extremely vivid making it feel so real. Each character is unique and they all are brought t ...more
Sally Archer
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
True is a tale of friendship, loss, love, forgiveness, beliefs, just about everything is thrown in here, including a lot of very touching and healing relationships between animals and humans. The story takes place in Green Valley California, a very remote community of farms, mountains and forest. The setting is gorgeous and each section of the book is broken down by season, starting with Fall. So much happens in this story and always the character can find strength from nature, weather from the ...more
Sumire Gemz
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Thank you Melinda Field for this cool book! The story plot for this book was so deep you honeslty didnt know what was going to happen next. I really loved the character development of each character and the beauty of reflection that aired through the ending of the book. Even though it has been two years since I read the book I still remembered it and would always be thankful that I got the opportunity to read it. I reccomend this book to anyone that wants to go on a practi ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading a synopsis, I had entered to win this book on First Reads - Goodreads giveaways - but unfortunately I didn't win. I couldn’t get it out of my head though, so I finally bought it from Amazon. I am sure glad I did. I really enjoyed this book and look forward – after just finishing it moments ago – to reading it again. My housework has suffered; and so has my sleep – but it was well worth it. The richness of the characters and the smooth flowing of the writing kept me lost in this won ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible journey of a book. I could not put it down. It is the story of women friends, who happen to live in tribal country, current day. So, besides all the usual women stuff--marriages, families, deaths of loved ones, etc.--they also had a special connection with nature, the earth, animals, their horses. It was a beautiful story and one I hope is made into a movie. I feel like I was taken to another place while reading this book. It was so moving that I cried tears of sadness and ...more
Jasveena Prabhagaran
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True is a journey of horsewomen who lives in a close community,staying true to their friendship and commitments. It has a natural story line that transports you into the story and its magical characters so much. True is a story that is highly relate-able to our everyday life. The story picks up slowly and steadily until the part where Caterina Ramos was raped, her grandmother Jenny dies and the whole thing changes for the horsewomen, Emma, Cat and the rest of them. I'm awaiting the second book v ...more
Adam Sizemore
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read. Wasn't sure what I was getting into when I first picked it up...but, once I did...I couldn't put it down. Great characters that can relate to the complexity and beautiful simplicity of us all. The details and descriptions of the mountain scenery make it almost impossible to not imagine yourself right there with the author. Heard rumors of a sequel.....hope it's "true".......Highly recommend this read!
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this in Kindle format in just a couple of days. The writing was rich in sensory detail and and flowed through a little more than a year of the characters' lives. Field addresses themes of birth, death, violence, justice, discrimination and more without moralizing. Highly recommended.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses
Easy to read, lots of strong female characters. And horses! :) Her writing is pretty simplistic, not super deep, but still engaging. Predictable in parts, but not in a bad way. I cried toward the end (don't want to spoil it by saying why).
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was one of the better books I had read this year,reminded me of Robyn Carr. A tale of 5 women who are good friends,their families,their loves. I laughed and I cried while reading this book and wasn't very happy with anyone who interrupted me.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Felt as if I was sitting up in front of the fire with some coffee and my favorite blanket when I sat down to read this. Very descriptive. I can't wait to follow their adventures.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly accurate descriptions of the people and places in California's far north. A great read with compelling characters, intriguing plot, and beautiful scenery. 5 stars!
Jan 21, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Beautiful story of 4 women of a certain age living in a Valley full of history and adventure.
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Sisterhood of the...: True by Melinda Field 29 23 Oct 13, 2013 08:37PM  
Melinda Field is an award winning writer/poet/playwright who lives in the mountains of Northern California. A version of her short story The Ledge, excerpted from True, was an award winner in the Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Competition. She has authored three sets of ​wisdom cards with photographic artist Lani Phillips, that were created to inspire and empower women of all ages on a ...more

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