Blind Your Ponies: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Algonquin Books, 2011 - Fiction - 546 pages
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Hope is hard to come by in the hard-luck town of Willow Creek. Sam Pickett and five young men are about to change that.

Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He's come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. There's a spirit that endures in Willow Creek, Montana. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place--or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team (zero wins, ninety-three losses), Sam can't help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people--including his own young players--bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become real as relatives, and their stories--so full of humor and passion, loss and determination--illuminate a path into the human heart.


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I love your writing Stanley! - Goodreads
And the purple prose was just too much. - Goodreads
Wonderful character development novel. - Goodreads
Beautiful imagery, lovely story, great backdrop. - Goodreads
It wasn't the best writing. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Janel Brown - Goodreads

I adored this book. The writing was wonderful. So much more than a basketball story. It is a story of relationships, love, hard work, perseverance, and being a team player. If you ever have the chance ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandy Gurile - Goodreads

I thought it started a little slow, but escalated. this book is more about "people" and not playing basketball. I'm glad I read it. Read full review

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Stanley Gordon West has made a name for himself by selling his books single-handedly from bookstore to bookstore, in the process gathering a large and devoted audience. His earlier novel, Amos: To Ride a Dead Horse, became a made-for-TV movie starring Kirk Douglas. He lives in Minnesota.

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