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Davidson, Sara.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cliff Street Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 270 pages ; 25 cm
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From the author of the seminal, million-copy-plus bestseller Loose Change comes the wildly romantic, true story of an improbable affair that changes a woman's life. A universally appealing love story, Cowboy is authored by the co-executive producer and head writer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fictionalized memoir, Davidson, the former head writer for television's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and author (Loose Change, Real Property, etc.), tells of her relationship with "Zack," a courtly and uneducated cowboy she meets on assignment in Elko, Nev., at a cowboy poetry gathering. She's soon drawn in by his sensitive nature and forthright sexuality, which she finds a refreshing contrast to the high-strung men she has met through the personals in L.A. following her divorce. But she's also pulled up short time and again by the cultural chasm between her life writing for a major TV show and his, getting by on crafting horse tack in Phoenix. As Sara and Zack see more of each other, her prepubescent children contrive to drive the two apart, while Zack provides his own brand of "tough love." Meanwhile, Sara's ex-husband disapproves of Zack's extended visits and tries to take custody of the children. Sara's friends and co-workers on the set of Dr. Quinn have a range of reactions to Zack, though no one gives the affair too much credence. Overall, this is an affable if wide-eyed account of the mixed emotions usually attending relationships that bridge cultural divides. Readers with Marlboro Man fantasies may find it a page turner. Agent, Joy Harris: author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The author of two novels and of Loose Change (1977), a memoir of the Sixties that at times reads like a novel, Davidson has produced another hybrid, this one nonfiction but disguised somewhat to protect her two children and others. However Davidson or the publisher define it, the book defies categorization. The story itself is about an erotic love affair/true love between Davidson, then a coproducer and head writer for TV's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and an uneducated Arizona cowboy skilled at the art of making rawhide bridles. Though the eroticism is here, as is the tension between Davidson and cowboy Zack and her children, ultimately, whether fact or fiction, the effect is flat. This is one story Davidson might have kept to herself. Planned publicity may create some demand. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/98.]‘Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.