Review: Anthea Hodgson’s ‘The Cowgirl’

 

The Cowgirl
Anthea Hodgson

Teddy Broderick has lived on her farm almost all her life, committed to the rhythms of the country – seeding, harvest, shearing and the twice daily milking of the cow her grandmother has looked after for years, but she dreams of another life, in the wide world away from the confines of her property.

She thinks she knows her home and its community inside out, until her grandmother Deirdre announces there is a house buried on the property, and Will Hastings, an archaeologist, is coming to dig it up again.

As they work together to expose Deirdre’s past to the light, the stories they tell bring them together and pull Teddy further away from her home.

But what is hidden in Deirdre’s childhood house that she needs to see again before she dies – and why? What is it that stops Teddy from living the life she truly wants? And will she ever find her freedom?

 

What AusRom Today thought:

Anthea Hodgson’s The Cowgirl presents rural fiction brilliantly.

Deidre’s story, which forms the basis of the novel, is a compelling one. At one point, I was almost willing Anthea to give the poor woman a break however each challenge proved only to strengthen the characterisation, which is most certainly a credit to the author.

The country spirit and sense of community is as rich in the novel as it is in real life and that in itself added a steadfast and authentic aspect to the novel.

Anthea Hodgson is fast gaining a reputation as one of Australia’s best rural fiction novelists, and deservedly so.

 

 

 

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