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Crazy for trying : a novel
Joni Rodgers
Adult Fiction RODGERS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Using the vast Big Sky country of Montana as a backdrop, Rodgers chronicles a confused young woman's journey of self-discovery circa 1979 in this uneven, mildly entertaining first novel. Dumped by her handsome artist lover and reeling from the death of her mother, a bestselling lesbian feminist author, 19-year-old Tulsa Bitters arrives in Helena, Mont., with $20 and a broken heart. Tall, overweight and overread, timid Tulsa soon discovers her own voice when she becomes "VA Lones," the first female deejay in Helena's history. Sensual and exhilarating, Tulsa's on-air personality captures the hearts of the town's cowboys, including "Mac" MacPeters, a 45-year-old self-destructive loner and bookworm. But their road to true love is blocked by personal demons and such obstacles as Tulsa's persistent ex-boyfriend and a devastating fire that almost kills Mac. Rodgers, herself the first female deejay in Helena, has an authentic voice that often gets lost in overblown language and an annoying glut of book references that are more pretentious than literary. Most disappointing, however, is the narrative's quick descent into sappy romance. Tulsa's emergence as a confident, secure woman comes less from her obvious intelligence and hard-won career struggles than from her affair with a sexy older lover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

"Tulsa" Bitters leaves her Montana home to straighten herself out after her mother's death, her father's desertion, and a broken love affair. She finds herself amid a group of dysfunctional and charming people. She becomes VA Lones, a d.j. who captivates all who hear her. Can this overweight, brainy Jewish girl brought up by a famous "femilitant" lesbian mother find true happiness with an alcoholic, drug-using Vietnam veteran? Tulsa loves Mac, 20 years older than she and himself the son in a very dysfunctional family. It does work out, and the book gets better as it goes on. Rodgers makes all of her characters work as Tulsa gains self-esteem and comes to grips with her past life and the life she wants to live. Recommended for popular collections.‘Barbara Maslekoff, Ohioana Lib., Columbus, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tulsa Bitters, aka V. A. Lownes
Age: 19
Feels inadequate; troubled childhood.
Radio deejay

Mac McPeters
Age: 45s
Vietnam veteran

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