Book Review: The Ordinary Truth, Jana Richman, 2012

The following book review is appreciatively provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD:

The Ordinary Truth tells a fictional tale of Nevada’s very real water crisis through the eyes of a multi-generational Nevada ranching family in their come-to-Jesus moment. Urban and rural clash within the family, as daughter Katie is the public face of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, pitching the construction of a pipeline to pull water from her hometown of Omer Springs to serve thirsty Las Vegas. Her estranged mother Nell still ranches in Omer Springs.

This very public water conflict brings to the surface generations of very personal conflicts, unexpressed feelings, and unspoken truths about the family’s history and the tragic death of Katie’s father and Nell’s husband in a hunting accident. As author Jana Richman’s story unravels, she exposes the beating heart of the modern West’s struggle to simultaneously maintain its rugged rural essence and burgeoning metropolitan centers. Richman does not pick sides; she does not give a simple solution or any false hope. Just warmth and compassion for all her damaged characters as they try to live the best lives they can in the American West.