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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
5.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Houston1997 ,

Half Broke Horses

This book was just as good as the Glass Castle.... I couldn't put it down!! It was a little slow in some parts... But other than that.. I loved it and highly recommend it!!!

johnsongirl ,

I was hooked!

I absolutely loved Walls's first novel, yet I was hesitant to pick this one up. I was pleasantly surprised. I couldn't wait to read about each adventure because I fell in love with the main character. It was hard to finish knowing the story would be over.

Blaze - H.S. ELA Teacher ,

My take on Half Broke Horses

Half Broke Horses was an emotionally captivating book that allows your mind to wonder deeply into uncharted territory until the slightest evidence of empathy is discovered then harnessed! The readability of this novel is evident through and through and regardless of your background and economic status, it remains powerful and uplifting with just the right amount of hilarity. Lily Casey Smith is an utter riot and you can't help but feel that either you know her, have someone like her in your life just like her or you are dying to get to know someone of her caliber! Must read!!! Lastly.. it was quite helpful for me as a reader having read The Glass Castle first.

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