Angela introduces Jason to horseback riding, western auctions, the handling of firearms, her own freewheeling religious rituals, and the pleasure of physical intimacy. But it is Sybil Redbear, a woman of mixed racial ancestry, who Jason comes to value most, in spite of her connection to the Amarillo bikers and their cult of violence.
Hyram, the rancher who takes Jason into his home, teaches him the difference between a friendly fight and one that involves friends pummeling each other but with no meanness of intent and a fight with someone who intends to do genuine injury. Jason witnesses a friendly fight at a cowboy social but ultimately becomes involved in a real fight with Angela’s estranged husband. This strong novel explores not only cultural conflict but the place of violence in America.
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Published by Texas Christian University Press