- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 206mm x 15mm | 136g
- Publication date: 1 July 2005
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393326357
- ISBN 13: 9780393326352
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 506,305
In Pam Houston's critically acclaimed collection of strong, shrewd, and very funny stories, we meet smart women who are looking for the love of a good man, and men who are wild and hard to pin down. "I've always had this thing for cowboys, maybe because I was born in New Jersey," says the narrator in the collection's title story. "But a real cowboy is hard to find these days, even in the West." Our heroines are part daredevil, part philosopher, all acute observers of the nuances of modern romance. They go where their cowboys go, they meet cowboys who don't look the part - and they have staunch friends who give them advice when the going gets rough. Cowboys Are My Weakness is a refreshing and realistic look at men and women - together and apart.
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Pam Houston divides her time between her ranch in Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. She has been a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and her writing appears regularly in More and other publications. She in the author of the best-selling Cowboys Are My Weakness.
"Houston's voice is something new in fiction-bright, edgy, touching, and ruefully self-aware as she rewrites the old heterosexual blues...Her heroines are lean and tough, self-created adventurers." "Brilliant...Houston claims for women the terrain staked out by male writers from Hemingway to Richard Ford...Her voice is wholly formed and perfect." "A collection of smart, surefooted stories, full of humor, intelligence and a kind of steely-eyed wonder...These are the stories that might have emerged had an intelligent woman followed Hemingway around."