Painted Horses

Painted Horses

by Malcolm Brooks
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Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks

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 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 U.S. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802123817
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 792,610
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Malcolm Brooks was raised in the rural foothills of the California Sierras, and grew up around Gold Rush and Native American artifacts. A carpenter by trade, he has lived in Montana for most of two decades. His writing has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Outside, Sports Afield, and Montana Quarterly, among others.

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Painted Horses 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic first novel. It’s a bit of the classic western, with lots of wild horses and open spaces. Yet it takes us down new trails that lead to unexpected, but exciting places. A young woman archeologist, Catherine LeMay, fresh from university and an opportune find in the war torn rubble that still defines parts of London 10 years after the end of World War LL. Catherine is now headed to the American West. The Smithsonian and a Montana power and light company are sponsoring her to search a remote canyon for archeological finds prior to a major dam construction project. Has she really been chosen for her scientific credits or has she been chosen because she is a young woman in a male dominated profession? A young woman who might be overwhelmed by the immensity of the job and easily manipulated to give the expected report? Catherine will prove as tough in her own way as the weathered cowboy she meets on her first day in Montana. John H. is as wild and weathered as the mustang he rides. He has another side, however, which Catherine discovers. He has turned a life long talent for painting into an homage for the horses he once caught and sold. John H. has a checkered past, but his love of the West and it’s wild horses is as true as his attraction to Catherine. Each will help the other to seek their goals, but there is much to overcome in a world now run by money and power. Book provided for review by Grove Press.
Fonti More than 1 year ago
I started our really engrossed in the story but parts are long winded and other parts don't even sound like the same author is writing it. Over all, it is a good story but does not read smoothly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic new release by one of Barnes and Nobles Discover new writers!  There are so many elements to like.  A great story set in the American West.  Though set in the 1950's, many elements are still current when progress meets art and history.  I am not very articulate, but Malcolm Brooks does it very well.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great story with some grit and meaning.  I didn't want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
10 stars. One of my top favorite books of all time. Must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel has a bit of everything: cowboys, war, love, sex, tragedy, archeology, horses, indians, life on the rez, history, sheep, and a good story line. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story. Loved the characters. Really appreciated the devotion to the horses by one character. I do wish the author would have gone in more depth about the 50s. He did an excellent job when writing about World War 2. I think the female character may have not been totally understood because if you have not lived in the1950s the reader is missing context. Other excellent writers with excellent character development are: Margaret Mayhew, William Jarvis, Judith Lennox, Laurie Graham, Mary Gibson, Sandra Dallas, Lynn Austin, and Duncan Barrett just to name a few. This book deserves an A++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised this book was not filtered out by the editors, publisher or even Barnes and Noble. It is amateurish and riddled with so many  writerly mistakes that I found it laughable. It in no way rises to the level of Wallace Stegner, Cormac McMurty or Larry McCarthy.  Before you buy it, read a few test pages. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could have been a much better book if more diligently researched
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this novel and enjoyed it very much. I found parts difficult to read regarding treatment of the horses, but I liked the main character, John H., and was glad he turned out to be a bit of a here after all. The story is sad, but there is a glimmer of hope at the end that he and Catherine may connect once again. Definitely worth the read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever since I was a little girl, i have always dreamed of riding a horse again. But you know what? As long as this author keeps on writing these books, im still dreaming and keeping my hopes up and i hope that you do the same.