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 readers everywhere.
“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 and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who 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 readers everywhere.
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Love this book...
But please fix the reader sounds like talking through a fan...I got used to it, but boy at first it is very annoying!! story is 5 stars...but with that issue I can only give a 4
I saw this author interviewed on late night TV. I bought the book and listened to every single word...what an incredible WASTE of time and money! I can't believe anyone would like this book! It's slow, uninteresting, boring, and I regret ever purchasing it. I also regret taking my precious time to listen for nearly EIGHT hours. I kept thinking it would improve. Ridiculous...never again! NEVER AGAIN! Outrageously baaaaaaad! Honestly!
Really Enjoyed This Book!
I received this book as a gift, and had no idea what a wonderful story I would embarq on. The woman in this book showed courage, strength, and tenacity in everything she did. It just shows that women have been showing their strength in early years just as much as they are today in the 21st century. Wonderful read, and the authors voice really bought the characters to life.