The Hearts of Horses

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Pan Macmillan, 2009 - Historical fiction - 289 pages
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In the winter of 1917, a big-boned young woman shows up at George Bliss's doorstep. She's looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war in Europe, and he glimpses beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but determined girl with a serious knowledge of horses. So begins the irresistable tale of Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. Along the way, Martha helps a German family, ostracised by the community, to save their horses, gentles another horse for a dying man - a last gift to his young son - and gradually earns the respect and admiration of her new neighbours. With elegant sweetness and a pitch-perfect sense of western life, The Hearts of Horses is a remarkable a story about how people and animals make connections and touch each other's lives in the most unexpected and profound ways.

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The ending is neat but not tidy. - LibraryThing
The pace is slow, measured, and deliberate. - LibraryThing
The writing is luminous. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

An extraordinary book. Most of her books have had what felt to me to be a large remove from the emotions and inner lives of her characters. This issue is present here, but to a lesser extent, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Lovely, quiet, authentic. More than just Martha's story, though, it's a slice of history of rural Oregon centering on WWI. I was charmed, and was given a lot to think about. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Molly Gloss is the author of The Dazzle of the Day, a New York Times Notable Book; The Jump-Off Creek, a finalist in the PEN/Faulkner Award; and Wild Life, a winner of the James Tiptree Award.

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