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Horse

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
When Teagan’s father abruptly abandons his family and his farm, Teagan finds herself wading through the wreckage of what was once an idyllic life, searching for something—or someone—to hold on to. What she finds is Ian, short for Obsidian: the magnificent but dangerously headstrong horse her father left behind. But even as she grows close to Ian, patiently training him, trying to overcome her fear of him, Teagan is learning that life and love are fragile. With an unflinching eye and remarkable restraint, Talley English tells a piercing story about how families hold together and fall apart; about loss and grief; about friendship; about the blunt cruelty of chance; and, finally, about forgiveness.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Horse, by Talley English, might look like another story about a girl and her horse, which it is and is more: an unflinching examination of what it is to be an animal, what it is to be human, the difference and overlap between the two, and how to manage that intersection. Anyone who’s ever tried to care for a creature from a hamster on up will love it and learn from it. Brilliantly written, and ruthlessly felt, this novel marks the debut of a talent strong for the long haul." - Madison Smartt Bell

"Every animal in this novel—dog, goose, cat, horse, or human—comes across as utterly real. Talley English magically combines the narrative drive of a novelist with the linguistic sensitivity of a poet and the wisdom of a woman who has lived her life in nature. A book for anyone who loves horses and good novels." - Pinckney Benedict

"To read Talley English’s wonderful debut novel is to learn something true: about riding a horse, about taking risks, about friendship, about parents who disappoint, about growing up. English evokes a vibrant world with grit, patience, and insight." - Emily Culliton

"Talley English is a writer of power and perception. Horse is a word of one syllable like the titles of most chapters in this novel, which together compile a kind of lexicon of simplicity—a language of reference points for a girl who’s tuned in to baby goose and barn cat and dog—but, as Teagan says of her relationship with her parents, it’s ‘complicated,’ too. The language spoken between human and horse is English, better than semiotics, a way of reading signs so supple that after much training together, the horse can sense the command if the human merely thinks it. Into this landscape where boundaries erase, must, of course, come grief to make a way for us to bridge beyond. This is a nuanced portrayal of the world we might remember wandering once, a memoir of a novel that gives us a language for our grief over the world we miss, the one in which animals were our brothers and sisters, when the world was big enough to hold all of us at once." - Cathryn Hankla

"Horse is about the beauty of words. About the beauty of relationships. About the beauty of beauty. What the author has captured with this novel is a unique combination of stunning language, heartwarming and heartbreaking relationships, and gorgeous scenery and landscapes. Horse is an astounding debut, a multi-layered novel that clearly marks Talley English as a writer to watch." - Scott Loring Sanders


Used availability for Talley English's Horse

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Horse: A novel
Author(s): Talley English
ISBN: 1-101-87433-3 / 978-1-101-87433-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Horse
Author(s): Talley English
ISBN: 1-101-87273-X / 978-1-101-87273-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Horse: A Novel
Author(s): Talley English
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Horse: A Novel
Author(s): Talley English
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Horse: A novel
Author(s): Talley English
Publisher: Vintage
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