Painted Horses

Painted Horses

Title:Painted Horses
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802121646
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:367 pages

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.


    Painted Horses Reviews

  • Jameson

    Tom McIntyre, himself a damn good writer, once explained to me why he wouldn't read any of the NY Times ballyhooed best sellers:"They're all written by middleclass kids from nice middleclass suburbs w...

  • Reff Girl

    I am a sucker for a Western novel. Give me sage brush and quaking aspens, horses and scuffed saddles. My family lives in Big Sky country and I have shelves of my favorite authors such as Annie Proulx,...

  • Nicole Overmoyer

    Malcolm Brooks’ PAINTED HORSES has a beautiful cover. The blurb on the back of my copy of the book reads almost as beautiful. Few readers wouldn’t get hooked by the romanticism and untouched lands...

  • Dick Reynolds

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The book opens with this sentence fragment: London, even the smell of it. As I continued reading, I quickly became confused. Is this woman in England or in Mo...

  • Jim

    Malcolm Brooks is a very talented writer. He consistently uses words to color his scenes so well that the reader can smell and hear what his characters are experiencing and the characters themselves e...

  • Carlo Ruggiero

    Uncorrected proof copy received through GoodReads giveaway program - thanks to Grove Atlantic for providing it.This is an ambitious and engaging novel from first-time author Brooks. Painted Horses is ...

  • Judy

    I loved this book! Everything about it. If it had not been for one of my reading groups I may never have heard of it and that would have been a shame.A beyond plucky heroine, a young archaeologist, is...

  • Bonnie Staughton

    This was a GoodReads Giveaway book that I won. As I have a passion for horses and an interest in Native Americas and the Western part of our country, I really enjoyed the descriptions of the area & th...

  • Tricia Douglas

    What a different kind of story! A young woman becomes infatuated with archeology around 1955 instead of pursuing her musical love of the piano. She is hired by the Smithsonian to search for artifacts ...

  • Kirsten #NeverAgainIsNow

    An incredible debut novel! Set in the 1950s in the rough and tumble world of Montana with flashbacks to World War II (and earlier), it's the story of a young Eastern archaeologist who discovers the cu...