Girl on a Pony is the gritty, humorous, unflinchingly courageous
story of five children growing up on a cattle ranch in the remote
Valley of the Dry Cimarron in northeastern New Mexico near the
little border town of Kenton, Oklahoma. Narrated years later by the
oldest daughter, LaVerne, it is a vivid and authentic portrait of
ranching life between the two world wars, from 1925, when the
family moved to the Goodson Ranch from a half-dugout claim shack in
Colorado, to 1936, when they began to disperse.
During those years, people in the region endured blizzards, sick
and maddened animals, drought, the Dust Bowl, and the Great
Depression-with stoic good humor. In Girl on a Pony, cowboys go
about their daily tasks, teaching the children all they know. Women
endure the hardships of life in an isolated area, coping with the
brutal labor ranch life requires of them, and maintaining touches
of beauty and civilization where they can-creating lawns from
relentlessly rocky soil, holding dances for their children, and
painstakingly tatting when all else fails.
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