The Horse Whisperer (novel)

dark horse runs in mountainsThe Horse Whisperer starts with a freak accident in which one teenage girl and her horse are killed, another girl and her horse both badly injured.

Grace Graves has to adjust to a prosthetic leg and fear of being different. Her horse, Pilgrim, is just as afraid, and he turns savage. The vet thinks Pilgrim’s injuries so severe he should be put down.

Annie Graves believes if Pilgrim dies, her daughter will never recover emotionally from the accident. Robert Graves fears Grace won’t recover if she’s coddled too much. Not a horse lover himself, he is not as keen on keeping Pilgrim alive.

When veterinarians can’t help Pilgrim, Annie casts a wider net, learning about a man said to be able to calm wild horses. She packs up Grace, has Pilgrim loaded into a horse trailer, and heads for Montana. Tom Booker, who has a ranch there, is said by some to be a horse whisperer, a magician with horses. Tom says what he does is train owners to listen to their horses.

A film industry veteran, Nicholas Evans projects his Rocky Mountain story onto readers’ imaginations. What he doesn’t do is tack a happy-ever-after on a deeply moving story about family dynamics.

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
Delacorte Press. ©1995. 323 p.
1995 bestseller #10; my grade: A-

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