by Sandy HusebyJuly, 1999
An L.A.-style WesternIn her novel/memoir Cowboy (3 hours), Sara Davidson asks the question, Can a well-educated, sophisticated, professional writer and single mother of two savvy suburban kids find everlasting happiness with an uneducated, quasi-literate man who lives in a trailer in the desert, works with horses, and braids rawhide? Davidson met Zack, the cowboy of Cowboy (names are changed to protect privacy but, we have to assume, not the intimate details of their fights and their flights of passion) while she was writing a popular Western TV series. They had a fling and then a little more, the sex got better, the relationship deepened and everything began to get complicated. Davidson doesn't answer the question she poses; this affair is, after all, a work in progress. It could be, as a friend suggests, that all that stands in the way of enduring love is spell check. Or, it could be that their fundamental differences will eventually prove stronger than their sexual bliss. Only time and Ms. Davidson will tell we await the sequel.
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