Monday, June 28, 2010
Jamie Forbes was raised on a family ranch in southeastern Wyoming. She obtained degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she graduated with honors in 1977. She then spent a year in Israel studying and working on a kibbutz. She returned to Wyoming in 1979 where she ranched and raised a family for the next fifteen years. In 2001, she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and now practices in Greensboro, North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her grandson and playing old time Appalachian fiddle. With her Arabian horse, Cody and her cattle dog, Reb, she still devotes part of her life to the outdoors.
From Unbroken, by Jamie Lisa Forbes
Ranching is a life of extremes, perhaps even more so on the high plains near Laramie, Wyoming. And no one knows that better than Gwen Swan, who married both her husband Will and his family ranch where she works hard beside the men and struggles to raise her two children. Meg Braeburn, who has broken away from her family's ranch, expects unrelenting hard work when she takes a job on the place neighboring the Swans'. She and her son face an uncertain future, but she is determined to leave the past behind and make a good life for them. Gwen, who understands the corrosive effects of isolation better than Meg, includes Meg in her family and community and wins Meg's gratitude and support. But there is little time for reflection on anyone's part as the wheel of the seasons grinds relentlessly onward bringing disasters and triumphs and a rough road for all concerned.