The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 88, July 1984 - April, 1985 Page: 444
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
that Will intended that her place was the home and family and his was
his business. He made this intention clear early in their marriage when
she innocently asked about a cattle deal he had been discussing with
a friend. "We were discussing business ... suppose you run the house
and the family ... and I'll run the business" (p. 55). Thereafter, Willie
writes, "I never again asked about business or anything that I thought
Will might consider personal...." (p. 56) She spent most of her time
in Dallas while Will ran his ranching interests in West Texas. Not
until after his retirement from active management of the ranch did
their marriage approach a close relationship. Lewis explores their life
together and apart and the resulting effect on their children and family
life. It is a sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, but always intriguing
Like Lewis, Willie is opinionated, contradictory, and occasionally
exasperating. Parts of the book are embarrassingly, intimately per-
sonal; other parts only hint at topics and events that the reader would
like to know more about. This reviewer suspects most women will read
Willie, as she did, with sympathy and understanding; men may be
University of Texas at Arlington SANDRA L. MYRES
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