Horse Heaven

Horse Heaven

Large Print - 2000
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"It's not true", says a character in Jane Smiley's funny, passionate, and brilliant new novel of horse racing, "that anything can happen at the racetrack", but many astonishing and affecting things do -- and in Horse Heaven, we find them woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and derring-do. The strange, compelling, sparkling and mysterious universe of horse racing that has fascinated generations has never before been depicted with such verve and originality, such tenderness, such clarity, and, above all, such sheer exuberance.
Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, 2000
Edition: LARGE PRINT ED
ISBN: 9780786227938
0786227931
9780786227945
078622794X
Characteristics: 915 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 22, 2017

One of my favourite books and my favourite of Jane Smiley's. It is a wonderful, big and big-hearted read with characters you'll long remember, many of them being of the equine variety :)
I wish everyone could read and love this book as I do-- it gave (and gives) me much pleasure.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 11, 2014

A fascinating group of characters, both equine and human (plus the inimitable fox terrier, Eileen), are introduced in the early chapters of this book which spans two years at the major racetracks in the U.S. The reader quickly becomes involved in their intermingling stories and has to keep reading to see what happens next! Amidst a wealth of convincing detail Smiley immerses us in the racing world showing evident knowledge and acute observation to satisfy the horse-lover, combined with enough of her own brand of satirical detachment and humour to delight all readers.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A hilarious look at the horse racing world.

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