Work Title: Sun Dog Days
Work Author(s): Slim Randles
University of New Mexico Press
189 pages, Hardcover $24.95
Reviewer: Maryann Miller
"Old Cowboys never die. They just ride off into the sunset." That adage could be the theme of this funny, yet thoughtful book about dreams and destinies and how the two aren't always the same.
Buck, who used to be a cowboy, has settled down with a wife and kids and a job in the city. He thinks he's happy. In fact, he says he is happy with an incredible woman to wake up to every morning and someone to call him "Pop." Then his old friend, Smokey, shows up and asks him to go on one last run at the wild horses.
It's taken Buck twenty years and more than one attempt at domesticity to try to get it right, so he is not eager to risk losing Jan and the kids for some adventure, but Smokey ups the ante. He's been diagnosed with cancer and really wants to do this one last thing before he dies. What can a friend say to that?
The two friends go to the desolate desert country of the Sierra Nevada's Coso Range in California where they first met as young cowboys. They borrow roping horses from another friend and go out to find the mustangs. While the story centers on this last adventure, it is as much about relationships and choices and finding balance between dreams and reality.
The author has written six previous books...