“Reading Kathy Greenwood’s account of growing up on a small ranch in
southeastern New Mexico, I kept wondering where she had heard the story
of my life. From her ill-starred introduction into the fine art of
milking a recalcitrant Jersey cow to her uneasy homecoming from graduate
school, she kept reflecting incidents out of my own West Texas
experience. In many ways she reflects the life of almost everyone—man or
woman—who has grown up on a ranch… She writes with a sparkle and a
keen wit.” —Elmer Kelton
Heart-Diamond describes the author’s experiences growing up on a
working cattle ranch in Southeastern New Mexico. In a series of sketches
that begins with an incident in her childhood and concludes with her
return to the ranch after a lengthy absence, the book features various
members of her family in settings and situations typical of daily life
not only on the Heart-Diamond but on any small, family-operated ranch:
rounding up cattle, fixing windmills, helping a heifer to calve. At the
same time that the sketches celebrate western culture and the love that
holds the family together, their touch is light and humorous.
As a book written from a woman’s point of view, Heart-Diamond offers
some unique commentary on the “cowboy” way of life.
Printed on demand. Paper $25.95.