Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks audiobook

Painted Horses

By Malcolm Brooks
Read by Julia Whelan

Blackstone Publishing 9780802121646
13.38 Hours 1
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In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress. Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove that nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar—the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the US Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past. Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.

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Summary

Selected for the Fall 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, August 2014

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Fiction for August 2014

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for August 2014

An Amazon Best Book of 2014

In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates that time and untamed landscape in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.

Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to Montana with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove that nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is familiar—the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the US Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past.

Painted Horses sends a dauntless young woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new talent.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Painted Horses is a wonderful novel full of horses, archeology, the new West, and two fascinating women. Malcolm Brooks should be lauded for this amazing debut. Very fine.” Jim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author
“An undisputed ode to the American West.” USA Today
“Malcolm Brooks’ novel has the hard thrill of the West, when it was still a new world, the tenderness of first love, and the pain of knowledge. This book is a gripping, compulsively readable page-turner.” Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author
Painted Horses is the kind of finely tuned and literary love story they don’t make much of anymore. Fans of Jamie Ford’s novels, or Jim Harrison’s, will be enthralled by Malcolm Brooks. He evokes a time and a place tinged by an autumnal sun, the brass thunderclap of things ending and beginning again. Painted Horses will carry you away.” Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author
“There is both great beauty and muted sorrow in Brooks’ descriptions of the wild Montana landscape and John H’s vanishing way of life…Painted Horses vividly evokes an earlier time, a place, and a way of being that is at the cusp of great change.” Washington Post
“Extraordinary…Intimate and sweeping…Painted Horses is, after all, one of those big, old-fashioned novels where the mundane and the unlikely coexist.” Boston Globe
“Brooks’s debut captures the grandeur of the American West. Catherine Lemay, a former pianist, goes to Montana in the 1950s as a young archeologist to survey a valley for signs of native habitation before the area is flooded by a hydroelectric project…This is a debut that captures a spirit of a place.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Julia Whelan narrates this modern-day Western with panache and strength…Whelan delivers the stark descriptions of Montana with feeling and draws the listener into the atmosphere. She provides deep empathy for Catherine as she makes a choice that will affect many lives, especially her own.” AudioFile
“Brooks delivers an authentic story, examining in gripping, page-turning prose what it means to live in the West…An outstanding debut novel that will linger in the reader’s mind.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Wonderful…Stirring descriptions of horses and Western landscapes echo the characters’ preservationist motives. Julia Whelan portrays the many characters of the novel deeply and distinctly.” Library Journal (audio review)
“Set in an American West of the 1950s but carrying vestiges of the nineteenth century, and with Indian artifacts and the ancestry of wild horses going back even earlier, much of this novel, like its milieu, has a timeless feel…Vividly drawn atmosphere and strong characters will keep the reader engaged.” Booklist
“Reminiscent of the fiery, lyrical, and animated spirit of Cormac McCarthy’s Borderlands trilogy and the wisdom and elegance of Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose, Painted Horses is its own work, a big, old-fashioned, and important novel.” Rick Bass, award-winning author
“His Montana is vivid, wild, and broad…[a] remarkable debut.” Amazon.com

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Author Bio: Malcolm Brooks

Author Bio: Malcolm Brooks

Malcolm Brooks is the author of the acclaimed novels Painted Horses and Cloudmaker. His writing has also appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outside, Sports Afield, and Montana Quarterly, among others. He was raised in the rural foothills of the California Sierras. A carpenter by trade, he has lived in Montana for most of two decades.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 13.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English