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The Hearts of Horses
by Molly Gloss

Published: 2007-11-06
Hardcover : 304 pages
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This breakout novel from the author of The Jump-Off Creek tells the heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for ?gentling” wild horses.

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 ...
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This breakout novel from the author of The Jump-Off Creek tells the heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for ?gentling” wild horses.

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 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 nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man’s world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair?and getting miraculous, almost immediate results?and she thereby earns a place of respect in the community.

Along the way, Martha helps a family save their horses when their wagon slides into a ravine. She gentles a horse for a dying man?a last gift to his young son. She clashes with a hired hand who is abusing horses in unspeakable ways. Soon, despite her best efforts to remain aloof and detached, she comes to feel enveloped by a sense of community and family that she’s never had before.

With the elegant sweetness of Plainsong and a pitch-perfect sense of western life reminiscent of Annie Dillard, The Hearts of Horses is a remarkable 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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  "A book that draws you into the humaness of life."by kathleen D. (see profile) 02/27/09

I know I have read a great book that when I am done reading and I actually miss the story and the characters. This is one of those books that slowly draws you into the time period, the people, the relationships.... (read more)

 
  "Historical fiction"by Joleen R. (see profile) 02/27/09

Many of us were pleasantly surprised about how much we enjoyed the book. We had not read (with our book club) a novel with a Western theme before. The book features a woman as the center o... (read more)

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