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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
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Tom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by The Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the Financial Times of London, and "the most dangerous writer in the world today" by Fernanda Pivano of Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.

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The first half of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues is about as much fun as you can have listening to a book. Robbins really found his voice in this 1976 novel, and in full flight he is glorious-gaudy, giddy, ungodly, as original a creator of images as ever wrote. Mostly, this is the story of Sissy Hankshaw, she of the thumbs the size of watermelons, born to hitchhike. The tale takes us to the place where whooping cranes, peyote, yams, cowgirls, the Badlands, feminine hygiene products, and magic intersect. Who knew they intersected? Sadly, Robbins interrupts the fun midway to pummel us with ideas, many of them pretty half-baked, and the book never quite recovers its momentum. What a pity he momentarily ignored his own advice on treating subversion playfully. This edition features Michael Nouri's bravura reading, which captures both Robbins's manic energy and his smart-ass smugness. This is a counterculture classic, so libraries should buy it.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"This is one of those special novels--a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and san--that you just want to ride off into the sunset with."-Thomas Pynchon "The best fiction, so far, to come out of the American counterculture."--Chicago Tribune Book World "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues comes as a magical gift, a brilliant affirmation of private visions and private wishes and their power to transform life and death." --The Nation

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