A Year at the Races: Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 19, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 287 pages
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“Every horse story is a love story,” writes Jane Smiley, who has loved horses for most of her life and owned and bred them for a good part of it. To love something is to observe it with more than usual attention, and that is precisely what Smiley does in this irresistibly smart, witty, and engaging chronicle of her obsession.

In particular she follows a sexy filly named Waterwheel and a grey named Wowie (he “tells” a horse communicator that he wants it changed from Hornblower) as they begin careers at the racetrack. Filled with humor and suspense, and with discourses on equine intelligence, affection, and character, A Year at the Races is a winner.

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A Year at the Races : Reflections on Horses, Humans, Love, Money, and Luck

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Pultizer Prize winner Smiley (A Thousand Acres; Horse Heaven) takes us behind the scenes of the racetrack for a look at one year in the life of an amateur racehorse owner-herself. She believes that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beverly Harrison Campbell - Goodreads

Jane could well be the best non-fiction writer out there. Most of this book was very engaging and a page turner. Some of this book fell into the TMI category for me, but overall very interesting and ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
One Two Gals a Horse and the Baby Jesus
9
Two Neurosis
23
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including, most recently, Good Faith, as well as a critically acclaimed biography of Charles Dickens. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Smiley owns several horses and lives in Northern California.


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