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The Hearts of Horses
 
 
Author
Molly Gloss.
Publisher Mariner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780547085753
Pages/Publication Date 289/2007
Daedalus Item Code 34112
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This slow-growing, deeply affecting novel comes from the author of the James Tiptree Award winner Wild Life and the PEN/Faulkner Award finalist The Jump-Off Creek. In the winter of 1917, with most of the young men off fighting the war, a big-boned 19-year-old woman shows up at George Bliss's ranch looking for a job breaking horses. So begins the tale of Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer as unconventional for her empathetic method of gentling horses as for her sex. Making the rounds among seven horse owners however, she gradually becomes an essential part of the community, with no one's surprise greater than her own.

"The plot doesn't move so much as accrete, in the way that Kent Haruf and Ivan Doig manage to do in their novels, full of the wisdom of well-lived ordinary lives.... Ever so slowly, Martha notices the attentions of a plainspoken farmhand named Henry, who works for two old spinsters, sisters who are 'unconcerned by convention, riding cross-saddle along with their cowboys ... exactly the sort of women Martha admired.'... There isn't a false move in this poignant novel, which demonstrates as much insight into the hearts of men and women as into the hearts of horses. Books like this are easy to overlook, but there's someone on your [gift] list who will feel blessed by [Molly] Gloss's gentle story."Washington Post

 
 
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