Half Broke Horses : A True-Life Novel, by Jeannette Walls
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- ISBN: 9781439195710 | 1439195714
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 9/7/2010
"Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did." So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls's no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier townriding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette's memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle. Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. In this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels the life of an incredible woman. Destined to be a classic, Half Broke Horses will transfix readers everywhere.