Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel

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Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant. "Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls's no nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town -- riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car ("I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn't need to be fed if they weren't working, and they didn't leave big piles of manure all over the place") and fly a plane. And, with her husband Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds -- against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. Destined to become a classic, it will transfix audiences everywhere.show more

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  • CD-Audio | 8 pages
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 30.48mm | 249.47g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
  • Riverside, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0743597222
  • 9780743597227
  • 800,824

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[Jeannette Walls is] the third generation of a line of indomitable women whose paths she has inscribed on the permanent record, enriching the common legend of our American past."--Liesl Schillinger, "New York Times Book Review" (cover review) "[An] eloquent tribute to a pragmatic heroine . . . A powerhouse--fast-moving, fearless and impossible to forget."--Michelle Green, "People" "Jeannette Walls . . . once again proves that the combination of gifted storyteller with great stories is both rare and intoxicating."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer" "Lily Casey Smith is one astonishing woman...a half-broke horse herself who's clearly passed on her best traits to her granddaughter. Told in a natural, offhand voice that is utterly enthralling, this is essential reading for anyone who loves good fiction." -- Library Journalshow more

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