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In the cramped bar car lavatory on a westbound train, Tulsa Bitters faces the mirror, chubby and freshly heartbroken. She scrubs the makeup from her face, chucks her padded bra in the trash and makes the conscious decision to become herself. Six months later, in the cab of his road-weary pickup truck, grizzled Vietnam vet Mac White Wolf MacPeters, half Blackfoot, half raging Irish, hears an unfamiliar - and unforgettable - voice on the radio, and before he can remind himself that he doesn't fall in love, he does. In Montana in the 1970s, people aren’t accustomed to hearing a woman’s voice on the radio. But to Tulsa, far away from all the people who loved and hurt her, midnight rock’n’roll feels like home, especially once she finds out who's out there listening. Crazy for Trying is a brave debut novel that fairly explodes with love-struck energy and sharp-tongued...
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In the cramped bar car lavatory on a westbound train, Tulsa Bitters faces the mirror, chubby and freshly heartbroken. She scrubs the makeup from her face, chucks her padded bra in the trash and makes the conscious decision to become herself. Six months later, in the cab of his road-weary pickup truck, grizzled Vietnam vet Mac White Wolf MacPeters, half Blackfoot, half raging Irish, hears an unfamiliar - and unforgettable - voice on the radio, and before he can remind himself that he doesn't fall in love, he does.

In Montana in the 1970s, people aren’t accustomed to hearing a woman’s voice on the radio. But to Tulsa, far away from all the people who loved and hurt her, midnight rock’n’roll feels like home, especially once she finds out who's out there listening. Crazy for Trying is a brave debut novel that fairly explodes with love-struck energy and sharp-tongued tenacity. Joni Rodgers loads up a tight circle of lovers, adversaries, dysfunctional family members and comically flawed friends, driving them down a fresh road through hard-earned love, a dangerous western solitude, and the old sexual politics.

Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist (1997)

“Think Jane Eyre with rock’n’roll.” Houston Press

“Terrific…a rollicking ride through emerging feminist sensibilities.” Billings Gazette

“A fresh pleasure…Rodgers writes unconventional love scenes that scorch the pages.” Orlando Sentinel

“Refreshing and provocative…” Houston Chronicle

“Truly captivating…Rodgers’ prose and style are unique.” Texas Books in Review

“Joni Rodgers can write sex scenes that’ll make your toes curl and your hair stand on end. At her best, her prose is dazzling, risky, and intoxicating, and at its heart, Crazy for Trying is an inspired debut.” Pam Houston, bestselling author of Cowboys Are My Weakness

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I'm thrilled that the ebook revolution has made it possible for me to bring my first novel out of the vault! I started writing Crazy For Trying when I was working as a late night DJ in Helena, Montana, back in the days when we actually played records on a turntable and had the freedom to recite Yeats and Poe between Led Zeplin and Metallica. The story evolved as I did over the years, and I finished writing it when I was a young mother going through chemotherapy. My quest to get it published was basically my last wish, but much to my astonishment, it turned out to be the beginning of a whole new life. (Read more about that in my memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair.) There is a lot of me in Tulsa, the ungainly misfit on a quest to find her voice, who ends up finding herself--and finding love--in the last place she expected. I hope you enjoy it!

About Joni

New York Times bestselling author Joni Rodgers was born into a family bluegrass band and grew up on stage, opening for country music legends in the 1960s and 70s. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1994 and used the chemo downtime to finish her first two novels...

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