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Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories (Paperback)
“Brilliant.… [Houston] takes women into grand spaces, both emotional and physical, and isolates them until there’s nothing left to do but sit down and take a hard look at one’s soul.” —Los Angeles Times
In Pam Houston’s best-selling story collection, we meet smart women who are looking for the love of a good man, and men who are wild and hard to pin down. Our heroines are part daredevil, part philosopher, all acute observers of the nuances of modern romance. Cowboys Are My Weakness is a shrewd and intoxicating look at men and women—together and apart.
About the Author
Pam Houston is the prize-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted, among other books. She is professor of English at the University of California–Davis and lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
Exhilarating, like a swift ride through river rapids.
Illuminated by a sturdy sense of humor and a gift for poetic description.
[Houston’s] prose [is] sharp and clean and full of sentences worth underlining.
In Pam Houston’s wonderful stories, sex and hunting are somehow confused, as are humans and animals. People wear skins, the animals speak, and those guys—the ones we all thought were extinct, the ones who defined what a man was—turn up, very much alive, and up to their usual tricks. Houston’s women know they should know better, but they don’t, and the result is a beautiful collection about sexual politics, old and new.
— Charles Baxter
A powerhouse.… Houston’s women are strong and free-spirited—their encounters with their moosehunting, whitewater-rafting, wilderness-loving lovers are more comic than tragic, and always entertaining.
Houston is a writer of talent and promise.
A brilliant collection of stories… that strike at the heart and end up revealing much about the complex state of relations between men and women.
— Judith Freeman
Many of these short gems owe their entire core to the west, which, more a character than a setting, allows subtle interplay to occur between Houston’s strong, modern women and the prairie or rangeland they temporarily inhabit.
Beautifully written and funny.
These are adventure stories that would make Hemingway jealous.