Previously on Small Town Stories… I joined the Slow Readers Book Club.
And I’ve actually read the book. Imagine my surprise when this arrived through the post – blazoned with horse imagery and a big gold sticker telling the world that it was a Woman’s Weekly recommended read. “This is why I don’t join a book club” I thought, to the sounds of Tom’s endless mocking. And then someone at work implied that I might also enjoy The Horse Whisperer. I felt like I needed a t-shirt that read “I usually read Janet Frame.”
But the book was good! A quick, gripping read I found myself looking forward to reading, reading instead of doing other things and skipping through pages like nobody’s business. The story is based on the real life of the writer’s grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, which was mostly spent in the middle of nowhere on America’s cattle ranches. It charts here time from little girl to old woman and the amazing everyday adventures she has as a forthright, enterprising, gutsy woman.
I found the writing solid and interesting and the characters enjoyable and true.
My only gripe (I really would recommend this to one and all for an easy read) was that the last chapter seemed a little cheesy. It talked, in the voice of the grandmother, about the writer in way that didn’t ring true to the rest of the book. It was an unwarranted edition and this would have been a stronger book without it.
If you want to read this then leave me a message in the comments and I’ll post you the book. If you like, post one back to me that you enjoyed.