From Library Journal
"A compellingly written, often moving memoir about growing up in the American West," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 4/1/86) of McFadden's remembrances, which focus mainly on her love-hate relationship with her rodeo-champion father and the harshness of that life.
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"The considerable power of this book and of these lives [is] burned permanently into the reader’s memory."—Thomas McGuane, New York Times Book Review
(New York Times Book Review
"This funny, affecting memoir achieves a series of satisfying reconciliations. Author McFadden not only portrays and then patches up the quarrels and estrangements that raged between her and her father, she captures the tawdry colors of the Old West and mourns their fading. . . . McFadden has the rare skill of stripping away pretensions without making the people exposed seem ridiculous."—Time
"She tells a strong story well, tuning in to the sadness and the humor of it with equal accuracy."—New Yorker
"To make sense of her parents and herself, to unpeel them without fury or sentiment and also without turning everyone into fictional characters, a writer would need to go beyond autobiography into art. And this is what Cyra McFadden has done in her dazzling Rain or Shine."—Ms.