The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss; 2007; $13.95; 289 pages; A Mariner Book, Boston, MA; 978-0-547-08575-3; purchased from Amazon.com; 12/3-12/7
Why did I pick this up? This is the book the Corner Reading Society, a book group I am in is reading for next month.
What is the story? Martha Lessen is not your typical 19 year old girl of 1918. She is a bronc buster, although she is closer to being a horse whisperer, in rural Eastern Oregon. As she rides a circle of ranches breaking broncs we learn her story as well as the stories of the ranchers and their families that she interacts with. There are all kinds of people and all kinds of stories among the people of Elwha County.
Did I like it? I liked the stories of each of the families that Martha interacts with and her own story which we learn in bits and pieces right up until the very end of the book.
What is with the title of the review? To borrow a phrase from The Lion King, it is the circle of life, Martha sometimes rides the horses in tight circles to teach them a lesson, she rides in a circle from ranch to ranch. She has a circle of friends, family and acquaintances that she encounters throughout the book. Circle are a recurring motif in the book.