The Hearts Of Horses

by Molly Gloss

On Sale: 12/08/2008

The Hearts Of Horses

by Molly Gloss

On Sale: 12/08/2008

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About the Book

Award-winning author Molly Gloss' The Hearts of Horses is an elegant, heartwarming story about the profound connections between people and animals.

In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work “gentling” wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses. So begins the irresistible tale of a young but determined woman trying to make a go of it in a man’s world.

Over the course of several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk witness Martha talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair — getting miraculous, almost immediate results. It's with this gift that she earns their respect, and a chance to make herself a home.

Critical Praise

"Gloss has ... a permanent place on the shelf of American literature [featuring] smart, independent women." — Kent Haruf, “Plainsong,” “Eventide”

"A shining example of Molly Gloss' gifts." -- Amy Bloom, "A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You"

"An acutely observed, often lyrical portrayal … has as much to say about people as about horses." Kirkus Reviews

[Gloss] brings the period during World War I vibrantly alive.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Gloss ignores boundaries instead of defying them ... her re-creation of a romantic past and its irrecoverable dreams feels solid.
Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

"[An] affecting, timely novel that lays explicit emphasis on empathy as a yardstick of humanity." - San Francisco Chronicle

Not just a horse story or a tale of the West, Gloss's moving novel ... is a story not soon forgotten.
Bookpage

"Gloss's lyrical story follows the mesmerizing journey of 19-year-old Martha Lessen." - Hallmark Magazine

"A shining example of Molly Gloss's gifts." -- Amy Bloom ("Love Invents Us" and "Away")

"Molly Gloss has made herself a permanent place on the shelf of American literature." -- Kent Haruf ("Plainsong," "Eventide")

"The moving story of a ... strong-willed woman bucking society's norm to gently train horses without breaking their spirit." - Temple Grandin

"Gorgeous! Pitch-perfect ... utterly engaging ... deft." - Andrea Barrett (National Book Award winner "Ship Fever")

"Magnificent .. Molly Gloss has brilliantly recreated a bygone time and place." - Howard Frank Mosher ("On Kingdom Mountain")

"Truly, one of the best books you'll ever read." - Jane Kirkpatrick ("All Together in One Place") —

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780547085753
  • ISBN 10: 0547085753
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/08/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Historical / World War I
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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