Track Conditions: A Memoir

Track Conditions: A Memoir

by Michael Klein
     
 

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Out of the frenzied pace of bustling New York, aspiring artist Michael Klein sets off for the racetracks of the Midwest in pursuit of his lover—and into the exotic, incomparable world of horse racing. While grooming horses in the cool, hay-scented stalls, Klein searches for salvation—from the memories of a sexually abusive stepfather, his mother's sudden

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Out of the frenzied pace of bustling New York, aspiring artist Michael Klein sets off for the racetracks of the Midwest in pursuit of his lover—and into the exotic, incomparable world of horse racing. While grooming horses in the cool, hay-scented stalls, Klein searches for salvation—from the memories of a sexually abusive stepfather, his mother's sudden death, the demon of
drink and sexual addiction . . . even himself. Then one remarkable horse enters his life. And through the innocent ritual of caring for Swale, an incredible Kentucky Derby-winning colt, Klein's life is suddenly, by almost miraculous means, transformed forever.

In strikingly honest prose, Track Conditions is an unusually powerful, unsparing memoir of one troubled man's unforgettable healing connection to an extraordinary horse. His story of finding redemption is one you will never forget.

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"This quietly heartbreaking yet inspiring story puts Klein in the company of the best writers on the race track."—Publishers Weekly

Michael Kleinis an award-winning poet and author. His poetry collections 1990 and Poets for Life are winners of the Lambda Literary Book Award. He lives in New York City and teaches memoir writing in the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345423832
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1 BALLANTI
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kleinis an award-winning poet and author. His poetry collections 1990 and Poets for Life are winners of the Lambda Literary Book Award. He lives in New York City and teaches memoir writing in the summer program at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

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