Once a world-class equestrienne with dreams of Olympic glory, a tragic accident changed Annemarie's life forever. Twenty years later she returns home with a troubled teenager in tow and glimpses a white striped gelding that sparks an obsession that could shatter her fragile world. A beautifully moving and hopeful novel of second chances from the ...
Once a world-class equestrienne with dreams of Olympic glory, a tragic accident changed Annemarie's life forever. Twenty years later she returns home with a troubled teenager in tow and glimpses a white striped gelding that sparks an obsession that could shatter her fragile world. A beautifully moving and hopeful novel of second chances from the best selling author of Water For Elephants.
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This is the first book of the two-some (Flying Changes is the sequel to this) that is a great read with lots of human insight and humor. The author has a way of conveying emotions and experiences that we all had at one time or another while raising children. I truly enjoyed this book and would love to give it to friends/relatives as a gift.
Jul 11, 2008
great first attempt. Really enjoyed the story. quick read - kept my attention.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-05-26 When the main character in a novel is as annoying as a boil, an audio performer must be thrilled at the chance to portray someone who isn't particularly nice or competent. Maggi-Meg Reed's Annemarie shouts, cries, whines, cajoles and lies her way through escalating crises. Reed is superb. She does an equally adept rendering of the other characters, including Annemarie's mother, with her thick Austrian accent and tight-lipped stoic voice. Eve, Annemarie's daughter, is a perfectly petulant teenager, speaking to her mother in a strident and querulous tone. A local policewoman has such a perfect New Hampshire accent that one wonders why the other locals don't. Despite the unsympathetic Annemarie, Reed's stellar performance makes Gruen's 2004 debut novel hard to turn off. A Harper paperback (Reviews, Mar. 1, 2004). (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-03-01 Like The Horse Whisperer, Gruen's polished debut is a tale of human healing set against the primal world of horses. The Olympic dreams of teenaged equestrian Annemarie Zimmer end when her beloved horse, Harry, injures her and destroys himself in a jumping accident. In the agonizing aftermath, she gives up riding and horses entirely. Two decades later, she returns to her family's horse farm a divorcee, with her troubled teenaged daughter, Eve, in tow. There, her gruff Germanic mother struggles to maintain the farm and care for Annemarie's father, who is stricken with ALS. Although Annemarie decides (disastrously) to manage the farm's business, her attention quickly turns to an old and ostensibly worthless horse with the same rare coloring as Harry. Her long-denied passion for riding reawakens as she tracks the horse's identity and eventually discovers it to be Harry's younger brother. She must heal both horse and herself as she struggles with her father's deterioration, Eve's rebellion and her attraction to both the farm's new trainer and her childhood sweetheart Dan. Impulsive and self-absorbed, Annemarie isn't always likable, but Gruen's portrait of the stoic elder Zimmers is beautifully nuanced, as is her evocation of Eve's adolescent troubles. Amid this realistically complex generational sandwich, the book's appealing horse scenes-depicted with unsentimental affection-help build a moving story of loss, survival and renewal. (Apr.) Forecast: Never underestimate the public's fascination with horses. Harper Torch certainly isn't; the house is launching Gruen's debut with an impressive 400,000-copy first printing. While this book isn't likely to be the next Seabiscuit, its striking cover image, featuring a silhouette of a wild horse, will help attract a broad spectrum of readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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