The Hearts of Horses

What a gorgeous novel this is! i loved its pitch-perfect voice, the utterly engaging characters, the deft re-creation of what one corner of America felt like during a foreign war.
— andrea barrett, national book award winner for ship fever

In the winter of 1917 many of the young ranch hands in this remote Eastern Oregon county have been called away to war. When Martha Lessen shows up at George Bliss’s doorstep looking for work breaking horses, George glimpses beneath her showy rodeo costume a shy young woman with a serious knowledge of horses, and he hires her on. Martha’s unusual, quiet way of breaking horses soon wins her additional work among several of the Bliss’s neighbors, and over the course of the winter, against the backdrop of a horrifying modern war, and despite her best intentions of leading a solitary cowboy life, Martha gradually comes to feel enveloped by a sense of community and family she’s never had before.

“Truly one of the best books you’ll ever read.” —Jane Kirkpatrick

“….[T]here isn’t a false move in this poignant novel, which demonstrates as much insight into the hearts of men and women as into the hearts of horses.” –Ron Charles, The Washington Post


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