RIDING THE WHITE HORSE HOME by Teresa Jordan

RIDING THE WHITE HORSE HOME

A Western Family Album
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A heartfelt tribute to the Wyoming family ranch on which Jordan (Cowgirls, 1982) was raised, and to the hardy people who chose that difficult way of life. Part of the proud fourth generation to run cattle on the high, windswept prairie of Iron Mountain, Wyoming, Jordan was also a sad witness to the end of that tradition as the ranch passed out of her family's hands in 1978, lost in an irreversible trend that shrank the local population from 2,000 at the turn of the century to 30 today. Images of a childhood fondly remembered--the awe-inspiring view from a local landmark, time spent with the oldest family members--combine with more unpleasant recollections, such as the sudden death of Jordan's mother and the subsequent sale of the ranch. The memories appear in the context of more recent events, including the author's 1991 wedding on the ranch and an earlier return to Iron Mountain to take part in the calving season. Linking past and present intricately and intimately, describing family dynamics as well as the vicissitudes of everyday existence, Jordan creates both a bittersweet personal chronicle and a record of an endangered lifestyle, with the critical role of female forebears receiving particular attention. A sensitive, colorful series of contemplations, ultimately more impressionistic than cohesive but still a valuable rendering of family life and ranching in the American West. (Ten pages of b&w photographs--not seen.)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-679-41219-0
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Pantheon
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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