“Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch… Damn great.”—Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion
“A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one’s heart to love… A magnificent read.”—Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, PhD, authors of Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart
“A triumph for all spirits.”—Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of A Place in the Country
“Should rank with the great animal stories.”—Ann Arensberg, author of Incubus
“Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond.”—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
When she agrees to take on the care of one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards’s difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; married unhappily and divorced; and suffered from alcoholism. While Susan is trying to capture the horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan’s horse trailer of her own volition. Susan already owns one mare and two geldings—the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot—but it is with Lay Me Down that she forges a special, healing relationship that alters her life.
Poignant and evocative, this is a book for anyone who has ever loved a horse, and for everyone who has ever lost a loved one.
Susan Richards is an author and film producer whose work includes Lost and Found in Russia and Epics of Everyday Life, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and the PEN/Time Life Award for Non-Fiction. A graduate of… More about Susan Richards
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Published by Soho Press Jun 01, 2006| 256 Pages| 5-1/4 x 7-3/4| ISBN 9781569474860