Beauty’s Son, a debut novel by Anne H. Wood and Brian Keesling, is a contemporary retelling of Black Beauty, with illustrations by Rose Lowry.
“From generation to generation of the Black Beauty line, it was the duty of the first foal born each year to pass along his or her history. And I was the first-born foal of my year. Beauty told his story (which some of you have possibly heard) to better the lot of horses. I offer my story for the same reason.”
So begins the story of Beauty’s Son, a contemporary retelling of Black Beauty, a moving account of the hugely varied life of a handsome black horse named Beauty’s Son.
Son experiences good owners and bad, and befriends an array of horses, including the fiery chestnut mare, Respect; the wise former dressage champion, Synchronicity; and the street-savvy Belgian Draft, Tom. Son’s incredible journey is a path of lessons, awe, and danger, as he becomes a dressage horse, a show hunter, a jumper, a lesson horse, a New York City carriage horse, and a rental hack. Through it all this sensitive, intelligent horse tries to trust his human owners and trainers, and hopes his trust has not been misplaced.
|Publisher:||Chelsea Station Editions|
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About the Author
Anne H. Wood and Brian Keesling (Authors) are horse people. Anne has spent a lifetime with horses—from Shetland ponies to show jumpers. In recent years, both Anne and Brian have ridden dressage. Anne and Brian’s co-authored stories have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Literary Review, Other Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, American Way (American Airlines in-flight magazine), First for Women, Confrontation, Eureka Literary Magazine, The Grasslands Review, and The Cream City Review (fiction contest winner). Anne has twice had stories cited as One of the 100 Other Distinguished Short Stories of the Year in The Best American Short Story collections. Brian won The New Voice Award from the Writer’s Voice in New York. Anne and Brian can be contacted at AnneandBrian@BeautysSon.com.