In Horse Heaven the universe of horse racing is woven into a marvellous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed and reckless courage. ...Show synopsisIn Horse Heaven the universe of horse racing is woven into a marvellous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Jane Smiley's wonderful novel puts us among trainers and track brats, horse-obsessed girls, nervy jockeys, billionaire breeders and restless track wives.Hide synopsis
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I have now purchased three copies of this book?the one I read when it was published, another for a friend who works in the racing biz, and a third for myself to replace the first one, which I must have loaned out. This is one of Smiley's best works, I think. She gets animals like no other writer I can think of save Temple Grandin. Maybe it's all those years of living in Iowa, or maybe it's that she loves horses and people, but as in "Moo" (another favorite) the animal characters are as interesting as the humans. She's generous with both, but she knows a villian when she meets one, and she tells a good tale.
This is a great book in the typical Smiley fashion of bringing all of the characters together even though you wonder how she will pull it off. You don't have to know about racing or horses to follow this book. Fun reading and hard to put down.
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