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Racing On A Wire [Kindle Edition]

Inge Moore
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lucky is anything but.

Her early childhood a blur of temporary foster homes, she is finally placed with the loving foster mother she's always yearned for, only to be confronted by a relentless demon she can't bring herself to acknowledge. Unable to face the truth, Lucky flees the Alberta prairie to start a new life on an Ontario race track.

Uprooted and confused, Lucky finds solace in the horses she cares for and the kindness of Robbie, a dwarf who grooms them. The race track becomes her new home. Robbie, who stirs her heart in a way no other man has ever done, becomes her unwavering companion. With his support, Lucky struggles to unravel the past she has repressed. Little by little she develops the strength required to face and deal with reality.

Editorial Reviews


"The writing ... is polished and resonant with a sustained tension and emotion,  In dealing with a sensitive and important subject, Moore focused  on it with care and seriousness and insight.  I also liked the slow way in which Moore revealed the story which  mirrored the layered way in which Lucky allows herself to remember."
Ellen Seligman,
Random House of Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wild Horse Publishing (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GKCP476
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ambiguous December 19, 2013
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I would probably give this 3.5 stars if I could. This is the first book I've read by this author so I don't know if the writing style of this book was the norm but I found it a bit disjointed. I realize that we are being shown glimpses into the mind and past of the main character in an attempt to explain her current mental state but those glimpses weren't always very clearly dilineated and often made the story hard to follow.

On the other hand, by the time I got to the end of the book I was rooting for Lucky so I found myself disappointed with how abruptly the story ended. I don't know if a sequel is planned but I would like to think there's more to Lucky's story. So if there is a sequel I will probably get it so I can find out how Lucky's life turns out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Lucky's side all the way March 16, 2014
By Emily
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Her name is Lucky and it seems she's a lost soul, a young girl searching for the meaning of a troubled past, and caught up in the inner workings of life at a big horse racing track. The track characters are varied and colorful and the scenes of life in the barns and sheds and the "kitchen" where the workers get their meals is fascinating.

But the star attraction is this girl who happens to be able to (among other things) pick the horse that will win a race.

I very much enjoyed this book, and will look for more by this author. I recommend the book highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read January 10, 2014
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So I'm sitting down to write this review of a novel that's lingering in my head, and the one word I'm thinking of is "interiority." This is a novel of interiors, the interiors of the horse-racing world, the interior of the possibilities of love and forgiveness, the interior life of a troubled pregnant young girl named Virginia who renames herself Lucky but who has not been so lucky. After a suicide attempt, and with the help of her psychiatrist and a groom who's a dwarf, she begins to deal with her past, and in particular the trauma that her foster father has inflicted on her.

The writing is lovely, the story interesting, the characters well-drawn, the love story unusual. I enjoy an insider's look at a world unfamiliar to me, and so I especially appreciated how Moore provides a matter-of-fact, come-along-with-me journey into the horse world without treating the me the reader as a tourist and getting all explain-y.

Living in a Muslim country as I do, I wish that the Muslim element in the story had either been left out or developed more. It didn't seem to me to be fully integrated, and I had all kinds of questions about Muslims in Canada, the whole immigration and inter-cultural thing – but then again developing this more probably would have blurred the focus of the story.

Just as you think the story is coming to a satisfactory if predictable conclusion, Moore pulls the saddle from out underneath you. The ending unsettles, and raises all the questions again, but this time you're sure that Lucky has the courage and wisdom and love to survive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Racing On A Wire April 10, 2014
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Racing On A Wire is a lovely story of a young woman down on her luck, and her salvation with the horses she and the people she loves. Ms Moore knows horses, just as she knows people. Loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To hell and back March 12, 2014
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This is a deeply moving psychological drama. Lucky is a survivor and her life at the racetrack working among other misfits, all tied together by their love of horses, helps her deal with her problems. I am in the racetrack world and Ms. Moore has handled it in beautiful detail. She brings us into Lucky's many worlds, so much so that we can feel her pain. Amazing prose and great storyline.
This is a must read for anyone who likes some meat with their potatoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Lucky was anything but lucky in her early life. Bounced around foster homes until she found a foster mother who loved her completely. Solona is a devout traditional Muslim wife and her belief system is Lucky's downfall.

Solona's lack of protection when Lucky needed it most contributed to Lucky's withdrawal into a fantasy life and a great deal of the book takes place in Lucky's thoughts. Lucky reaches a breaking point and runs away and finds a home and family amongst a bunch of misfits at a racetrack that take Lucky and her baggage into their circle. With the support of her new friends, Lucky is able to stand up to her past and face all the demons that have driven her so far into herself. One of these friends is Robbie- he becomes a major motivator for her to complete her psychological journey.

The racetrack and horses are not major figures in this book- but more as symbols of peace that Lucky is drawn toward.

The book had a very slow start but once I got past the confusion at the beginning, the imperfect perfection of Lucky's flawed character drew me in and I found myself rooting for her and Robbie to find whatever the future might hold for them. This was an unexpectedly deep story that left me glad for the experience of reading it.

I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an introspective psychological story but if you are looking for a lot of horses and racing action, this book might not be what you are looking for.
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with past demons
This book is for Mature Audiences despite its Young Adult theme.

Virginia, who prefers the name Lucky, has had an unpleasant past. Read more
Published 26 days ago by You can call me Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to see if this was a book I could recommend to a 15 year old...
I was given a copy of this book so that I could give an honest review. I picked this book because of my granddaughter's interest in horses. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Keltner
3.0 out of 5 stars Poignant Read
Poignant tale of an orphan girl; the struggles and terrors she faces living with her foster family are horriffic! She's lonely and afraid to trust. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard subject to read about.
I was provided with a free copy so that I could give an honest review. #Spoiler Alert# This book was very well written but I found it hard to follow at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marli7
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful love story on many levels
This well-written psychological drama kept me intrigued from Page 1 to the End. Main character Lucky is anything but what her name implies -- her unstable background and baggage... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars fell flat
Did not like this book at all. Disjointed and confusing. Difficult to get through from the first, but kept going, thinking there would be something solid to bring it together. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra R. Kuhn
2.0 out of 5 stars So Boring
There was just not enough about racing and horses. I am a horse person and found it very boring. I finally gave up and did not finish the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cbug
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and Entertaining
This book drew me in from the first page. It's a non-traditional romance and leaves you thinking about the ending. I cared very much about Lucky and was rooting for her throughout. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BevPet
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting psychological mystery
Ms. Moore's intriguing novel, Racing On A Wire, is a moving, thought-provoking, and unusual love story that will haunt me for a long time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Aurorawolf
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More About the Author

Inge Moore has been writing since grade school. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary and other magazines and have been broadcast on radio. She received First Prize in the 1986 Annual Writers' Digest Short Fiction Competition, out of thousands of entrants.

Moore received her undergraduate and graduate training in creative writing at the University of Alberta, working with such writers as Governor General's Award Winner, Rudy Wiebe.

On a more personal note, she has lived in Austria, England, and in several areas of Canada including the Northwest Territories. Currently she resides in Fort Erie, Ontario. She enjoys nature, horses, art, reading, and, of course, writing.


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