When Horses Had Wings

When Horses Had Wings

by Diana Estill


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When Horses Had Wings by Diana Estill

Pregnant at 16, Renee Goodchild drops out of school and marries. Now she's trapped in rural Texas with Kenny, her violent, garbage-collecting husband. A bleak future seems assured until she meets self-appointed relationship guru, Pearly.

"That's why you don't let 'em rule the roost. 'Cause you can't count on 'em to be there the next mornin' when it's time to crow," the worldly Pearly advises.

Renee narrates this tale of ruin and redemption where the damaged and downtrodden lead each other to unintended, sometimes heartbreaking, and often bittersweet outcomes. When Horses Had Wings examines the lives of broken people competing for the most basic needs: the primal urge for affection and the eternal search for acceptance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979970887
Publisher: Corncob Press
Publication date: 11/21/2011
Pages: 314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Diana Estill is the author of three humor books, one novel, and a collection of short stories. For Deedee Divine's Totally Skewed Guide to Life, she was named a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist and an International Book Awards Winner in the humor category.

Prior to becoming an author, Diana worked for many years as a journalist and humor columnist. Her columns have appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Washington Post, The Miami Herald, Road & Travel, and other publications. She has been featured in First Magazine and has appeared on a variety of TV shows and radio programs.

Diana's debut novel, When Horses Had Wings, was inspired by her life experiences as a former teen mother and high school dropout. After completing her education, she taught GED classes, worked as a consultant to the National Institute for Literacy and American Council on Education, and served as a U.S. delegate to a UNESCO education conference.

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When Horses Had Wings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Locked out..•~• Got locked from every book I posted in..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YUP. (Can you tell Blazeclan at crepes res one that Everdawn is locked out and the MacMoon Pack at cloud wolf res one that Silver is locked out? Ill tell your clans.)
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
One of my recent reads was "Bird by Bird," by Anne Lamott. One of Lamott’s recurring themes is that an author has to tell “the truth.” This may seem strange when fiction, by definition, is a pack of lies; something the author has made up. What Lamott means is that everything about a character’s actions and words has to ring true with the reader. "When Horses Had Wings" rings true. While Renee makes choices and takes actions that are sometimes obviously the wrong thing to do, they are always true to the character at that point in her life. Although "When Horses Have Wings" addresses some serious topics (teen pregnancy and spousal abuse among them), it does so in a way that manages not to turn into a downer, while staying true to the story. I found Estill’s writing style evocative and engaging, often reading a sentence or phrase and thinking she’d found the perfect way of expressing her thoughts. An excellent read. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Beeshon More than 1 year ago
Girl and boy have the ¿wrong¿ sort of fumble in his car Girl is pregnant at 16 Girl marries boy Boy is a violent and abusive ¿ mentally and physically Girl tries hard to leave boy with young son¿¿ That¿s just about the gist of this book: a very, very good book, set in the 1970s. I was captivated from the start. Narrated by Renee, the above-mentioned hapless young girl, an air of melancholy exudes her story. Never, however, do you feel pathetically sorry for her. There is always an element of admiration for the way she accepts her lot ¿ at first ¿ but then gathers courage and determination to change her life and rid herself of her manacles. There are obstacles aplenty in the shape of a slightly less than supportive family, her own self-deprecation inflated by the constant verbal and physical abuse and putdowns from Kenny her husband - the garbage-collecting piece of¿.well, garbage actually, his self-righteous, my-son-is-unworthy-of-you mother and Renee¿s overriding fear of Kenny¿s violent temper. If ever there was dynamic character development, Renee¿s takes the crown. From a demoralised, down-trodden, unconfident teenage mother, she desperately searches for acceptance, love, education and independence, not just for her own sanity, self-preservation and better future but for her son too. Knockbacks are more than just a few but even the most destructive bulldozer of knockbacks can¿t render her senseless ¿ just ever more patient and determined. I couldn¿t get enough of Renee ¿ her spunk, grit and resolution grab your soul and though Kenny is one of those characters you want to yank from the pages and slap, the author ¿ this very talented author - manages to make you hold your hand back when you realise this misguided, sadly ignorant young man acted in the only way he knew how. Superbly written, the characters are colourful, comical and more importantly, believable, and the wonderful rural Texas dialect that peppers the dialogue is powerfully enriching. Terrific. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
Bookhobbit More than 1 year ago
I can tell when a book is good because the world around me disappears and I have no clue what is going on while I am reading. This was one of those books. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. There were so many emotions I encountered while I read, especially anger at Kenny. I wanted to strangle him! I grew to adore the main character and the narrator, Renee. Renee marries young when she finds she is pregnant and has to deal with a less-than-perfect life. The message is a good one - be sure to read to the very end! It's worth it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago