When Ron Querry left his job teaching English at the University of Oklahoma, he took up ranching, armed with a Ph.D. and a pair of tender feet. This is his account of his ranching career in New Mexico, in the course of which he married the beautiful rancher lady next door and learned the 24-hour-a-day job of dealing with a herd of stubborn cattle as well as assorted horses, dogs, cats, tumbleweeds, rattlesnakes, and neighbors. The stories of his misadventures are warm-hearted, heart-warming, and funny, with moments of defeat as well as victory--a bittersweet picture of life in the latter-day Southwest. The Querrys and their animals survived their hardscrabble existence almost in spite of themselves. These stories will appeal especially to animal lovers and to anyone with memories of life on a ranch.
Ron Querry is the author of The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, Bad Medicine, Native Americans Struggle for Equality and editor of Growing Old at Willie Nelson's Picnic. His novels are translated and published in French, German and Bulgarian. He and his wife Elaine Querry--a fine art photographer--live in northern New Mexico. Larry L. King is a well-known journalist and playwright.