Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland

Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland

by Tory Bilski


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A wondrous story of adventure and friendship featuring a group of women who ride Icelandic horses.

"Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us." - Virgina Woolf

Each June, Tory Bilski meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world. If only for a short while.

When they first came to Thingeyar, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young.

Combining the self-discovery of Eat, Pray, Love, the sense of place of Under the Tuscan Sun, and the danger of Wild, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun revels in Tory's quest for the "wild" inside her.

These women leave behind the usual troubles at home: illnesses, aging parents, troubled teenagers, financial worries and embrace their desire for adventure. Buoyed by their friendships with each other and their growing attachments and bonds with the otherworldly horses they ride, the warmth of Thingeyrar's midnight sun carries these women through the rest of the year's trials and travails.

Filled with adventure and fresh humor, as well as an incredible portrait of Iceland and its remarkable equines, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun will enthrall and delight not just horse lovers, but those of us who yearn for a little more wild in everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130644
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 414,889
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tory Bilski started the blog www.Icelandica.net in late November 2012 after more than a decade of traveling to Iceland. Her short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, 13th Moon, and other literary magazines. Two of her short stories were nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. She works at Yale University and lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her family.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Wild Horse in Us ix

Book I The Walk (FET) 1


Getting Lost 3

In Search of the Perfect Psylur (Hot Dog) 9

The Land of Oz 13

Horse History 15

Arrival at Thingeyrar 18

The Guests in the Guesthouse 26

Where I Want to Be 30


Repeat after Me: Hvammstangi 36

Eve's Life 42

Tern, Tern, Tern 46

The Herd 49

A Thin Place 55


The Wind in Those Places 60

Book 2 The Tölt 67


A Reykjavik Night 69

Mothers and Daughters 72

All the Queen's Men 75

The Kingdom of Horse 79

The Day Lisa Found Her Tölt 81

The Saga of the Bulls 83

Next Year, Iceland 89


Horsewomen of the World 91

Book III The Trot (Brokk) 95


The Situation 97

What We Carry with Us 99

Sylvie in Love 102

The Herd Changes, the Herd Charges 106

Stallions and Mares, Oh My 109

Starting Horses 113


Annus Horribilis 119

Snaefellsnes Revisited 123

Herd Instinct 126

Life Style Envy 132

Next Year, Iceland 135

Book IV The Canter (Stökki) 139


Ask for Canter 141

All That Is Missing 143

Gift Horse 147

The Truth about Elves and Trolls 152

Next Year, in Iceland? 157


But the Sheep Réttir 160

We Went Some Places 168


Welcome to Iceland 171

Ridiculous Women 176

The Nights of Magical Thinking 179

The Sisterhood of the Ridiculous Women 181

In Which We Order, Dish Out, and Leave 185

Raptured 190

Book V The Pace (SkeiD) 199


The Road to Thingeyrar 201

Wild River 204

About Those Ghosts 209

My Iceland Thing 216


Getting Iceland 220

Learning to Fly 223

"Petta Reddast" (Life Will Work Out) 227

Finding Our Way 232

The Golden Summerland of Thingeyrar 234

Epilogue: Locked Gates and Lost Places 237

Acknowledgments 243

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