Presents a novel based on the life of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who learned to break horses in childhood, journeyed five hundred miles as a teen to become a teacher, and ran a vast ranch in Arizona with her husband while raising two children.
Jeannette Walls mined her own life and the life of her idiosyncratic parents for her blockbuster memoir THE GLASS CASTLE. Now for her "true life" novel HALF BROKE HORSES she uses the rich material of her real-life grandmother to tell an unforgettable story of a spirited woman living a rugged life in the American southwest. Lily Casey Smith, the novel's narrator, grew up in poverty in Texas and by the age of six was already helping her father break horses. By fifteen she was out on her own, traveling hundreds of miles to find work. Despite her bad luck--an abusive bigamist husband, natural catastrophes of all kinds, and the abject impoverishment of The Great Depression--Lily is full of pluck. Her headstrong nature and powerful sense of social justice sometimes get her into predicaments, but her indomitable spirit and can-do attitude gets her back out of them. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009.
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- March 13, 2013
- September 7, 2010
- Jeannette Walls