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The Hearts of Horses

Gloss, Molly (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Hearts of Horses
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This breakout novel from the author of The Jump-Off Creek tells the heartwarming story of a determined young woman with a gift for "gentling" wild horses. In the winter of 1917, a big-boned young woman shows up at George Bliss's doorstep. She's looking for a job breaking horses, and he hires her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, and he glimpses, beneath her showy rodeo garb, a shy but strong-willed girl with a serious knowledge of horses. So begins the irresistible tale of nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair--and getting miraculous, almost immediate results--and she thereby earns a place of respect in the community. Along the way, Martha helps a family save their horses when their wagon slides into a ravine. She gentles a horse for a dying man--a last gift to his young son. She clashes with a hired hand who is abusing horses in unspeakable ways. Soon, despite her best efforts to remain aloof and detached, she comes to feel enveloped by a sense of community and family that she's never had before. With the elegant sweetness of Plainsong and a pitch-perfect sense of western life reminiscent of Annie Dillard, The Hearts of Horses is a remarkable story about how people and animals make connections and touch each other's lives in the most unexpected and profound ways.
Authors: Gloss, Molly
Title: The hearts of horses
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007
Characteristics: 289 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Molly Gloss
ISBN: 9780618799909
0618799907
Branch Call Number: FICTION GLOSS
Subject Headings: Young women Fiction Horses Training Fiction
Topical Term: Young women
Horses
Authors, American
LCCN: 2007008521
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Join the discussion on June 16, 2015. With the elegant sweetness of "Plainsong" and a pitch-perfect sense of western life reminiscent of Annie Dillard, "The Hearts of Horses" is a remarkable story about the connections between and among people and animals and how they touch on... Read More »

n the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses.

An elegant, heartwarming story about the profound connections between people and animals In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. ...

I love stories about the west; this one concerns a self-sufficient woman more comfortable with horses than humans, and is set in Eastern Oregon during WWI.

In the winter of 1917, nineteen-year-old Martha Lessen saddles her horses and heads for a remote county in eastern Oregon, looking for work "gentling" wild horses. She chances on a rancher, George Bliss, who is willing to hire her on. Many of his regular hands are off fighting the war, ... Read More »


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Feb 21, 2012
  • kelsietrunnell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very, very good book. I love the way it's written and you become very attached to the main character, Martha.

Jul 14, 2011
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was a surprise, picked up by chance, and it is turning out to be a really excellent read. The characters are believable and the dialogue and descriptions are also realistic and well-written. Doesn't matter if you're a horse-person or not, this is an excellent book. Without being simplistic (good versus evil) or moralizing and without being all sappy or romantic, this is a story of a young woman who loves animals and breaks horses for ranchers. It takes place in the time of WW1 and the author simply tells a great story.

Jul 08, 2011
  • wanderer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

At first I didn't think this was much of a story however, I came to really like the characters especially Martha. It's lovely how the animals and the humans find ways to connect to each other.

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