Sketches from the Spanish Mustang

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Haley Spencer sits at a table in a casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She is broken, alone, and she is waiting. She's waiting for redemption, waiting for a chance to prove she can really see through someone else's eyes. And as she waits, she sketches those around her, those who keep their secrets buried deep. It's not simply something she wants to do; it's something she has to do, and it might just save a life.

While all people have secrets, Haley quickly learns that some of ...

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Overview

Haley Spencer sits at a table in a casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She is broken, alone, and she is waiting. She's waiting for redemption, waiting for a chance to prove she can really see through someone else's eyes. And as she waits, she sketches those around her, those who keep their secrets buried deep. It's not simply something she wants to do; it's something she has to do, and it might just save a life.

While all people have secrets, Haley quickly learns that some of them are every bit as dark as her own. There is the immigrant looking for fortune and finding death along the way. There is the woman running for her life, desperate to hide in a small town that is, for its own sake, trying to live again. There is the angry man, jilted by his now-dead wife, looking for revenge. There is the veteran who can't remember, the woman about to lose her mother, and the drunk who doesn't want to be what people see on the outside. There are more people, everywhere, behind every turn of the card, and all of them have secrets.

Sketches from the Spanish Mustang weaves each person's story--both intriguing and magical--into a single narrative of love, death, penance, and peace. As the mystery of each sketch unfolds, the lives of Haley's subjects unravel. This is her gift: to uncover the hidden in life. Yet gifts can be curses, and curses can be secrets.

Through the eyes of a woman forced to spend her life attempting to correct her own misguided view of those around her, the reader is given an opportunity to see more than the vagrant, more than the alcoholic, more than the immigrant or the woman running from her past. The novel breaks down stereotypes and allows the reader to peer into the eyes of the people we all turn away.

Remembering is penance.

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Michael Rose
Every new work I read by Benjamin X. Wretlind solidifies in my mind an already rock solid belief: that he is one fantastic writer! With a skill on par with any of the great American novelists, Mr. Wretlind has penned a tale of such emotional and literary depth that it will haunt the reader long after the last page is turned. He has penned a tale filled with rage, sorrow, loss and just a little bit of hope. He has penned a tale that can only be described as a masterpiece.
Gregory Allen
This character driven story has an ebb and flow to each section that is satisfying when you finish their chapter, but also propels you to turn the page and read about the next in this unique telling of the people in the Spanish Mustang. Wretlind truly takes his readers on a wild journey as he peels back layers on his well-written characters, breathing life into them that allows them to be more than sketches as the title suggests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477531587
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin ran with scissors when he was five. He now writes. He has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications, curriculum developer and simulation engineer.

The author of Castles: A Fictional Memoir of a Girl with Scissors and Sketches from the Spanish Mustang, Benjamin has been called "a Pulitzer-caliber writer" with "a unique American voice." Aside from novels, he has been published in many magazines to include The Horror Express, All Hollows: The Journal of the Ghost Story Society, Horror Carousel and Bare Bones.

He also gets up before 4am to milk (words, not cows). He is engaged to a wonderful and creative woman and has five kids, a dog, a hamster and two fish. You can find Benjamin psychoanalyzing himself on his blog (http://bxwretlind.com/) or lounging about in the Twitterverse (@bxwretlind).

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Mr. Wretlind has done a magnificent job of drawing me into this

    Mr. Wretlind has done a magnificent job of drawing me into this book, slight pun intended. The author has a well written style that had me turning pages quickly. The characters came to life and I connected with each of them.

    I'm not one for lengthy reviews, so here's the short version: Read this book. If you haven't heard of Benjamin Wretlind, which may very well be the case, you will. He has a mesmerising way with words.

    Thanks for writing this book and allowing me to read it.

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