Synopses & Reviews
"What was happening? How could I be so driven, obsessed, besotted by sex? I was almost fifty, starting on the path toward what the literary lionesses -- Germaine Greer, Simone de Beauvoir, Colette -- extolled as the third stage of a woman's life, 'Triumphantly post-sexual.'... Not me. I was not going gentle down that path and I was flummoxed."
Sara and Zack are wrong for each other in every way. A divorced mother of two, Sara is an author and television producer. Zack is a cowboy who barely finished high school and lives in a trailer in the Arizona desert. His greatest ambition is to make the best rawhide bridles in the West. But when a weekend fling turns into something more, it challenges every aspect of Sara's being: her relationship with her kids, work, social life, and most importantly, her understanding of the link between body and soul.
How can Sara reconcile the differences, both social and economic, between herself and Zack in order to embrace the love that becomes undeniable? Devoted to his art, Zack often finds himself strapped for cash, leaving Sara in the uncomfortable position of supporting him. Needless to say, this raises more than a few eyebrows among her family and friends. After all, what does it look like to the world that she is paying for a man 10 years her junior, a man with magic hands and an open soul that warm her like no other. More importantly, how can she explain this to herself?
In "Cowboy," bestselling author Sara Davidson takes an unflinchingly honest look at the very real issues that women must face today as they search for love: the sacrifices, the risks, and the criticism they must bear for dating men who are not society's ideaof Mr. Right.
Questions for Discussion
- Have you ever met someone at a party, a bar, or a meeting, felt a spark of interest and turned away? Why did you walk away? Did you regret it?
- What made Sara receptive to Zack? If they'd met when they were younger, what might have happened?
- Why do you think the children reacted so violently to Zack's continued presence?
- What does Cowboy suggest about contemporary parenting?
- Do you think it's possible to have great sex without love? Why is the physical relationship in Cowboy so important?
- How did Sara expand and challenge Zack's views?
- What did Zack offer Sara that she'd never experienced?
- Whose needs come first: your children's? Your partner's? Your own? Does Sara rearrange her priorities through the course of the story?
- What aspect of this relationship seems to represent the greatest hurdle: Money? Cultural difference? Class barriers? Conflict with the children? Which would you find most difficult to overcome?
- How do the events in Sara's life affect her writing on the TV show? Does art imitate life or is life imitating art?
- What do you see as the prospects for this relationship in the future?
From the author of the bestselling "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."
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."
About 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.