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Racing On A Wire [Kindle Edition]

Inge Moore
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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

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"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.

About the Author

Inge Moore studied creative writing at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Alberta.  There she worked with such revered writers as Governor General's Award Winning author, Rudy Wiebe.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Guelph.  Over the years she has worked as a biologist, a research scientist, an economic development officer, an office manager, an immigration officer, a writer, and a horse trainer.

Moore's short stories have been published in numerous 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.  She has several books available on Amazon, including 15 short stories, two short story collections and three novels.

Moore has spent most of her life in Canada, moving between Alberta, the Northwest Territores, and Ontario, and has also lived in Austria and Great Britain.  She loves to travel, the Caribbean being a favourite destination.  Currently she resides in Fort Erie, Ontario. She enjoys nature, horses, art, reading, and, of course, writing.

Website: ingemoore-novelistandshortstorywriter.yolasite.com/

Product Details

  • File Size: 902 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: #562,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ambiguous December 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 A lovely read January 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The journey is worth the win! February 15, 2015
By Linda
Format:Kindle Edition
Racing on a Wire is a story about a young girl in foster care and her journey toward maturity and healing. The first part of the book is difficult to understand; what is reality and what is the girl’s imagination. Keep reading and you will find out, and that is the entire point of the story. She is a powerless little girl in an apparently and outwardly picture-perfect foster family. The mother seems to love her dearly and the father loves her too, in his own way. What is the difference between controlling love and healthy love? What would you do to obtain love and acceptance from those around you? Is the love of her parents’ religion…is that love? They think so. This girl gets away and changes her name to “Lucky”. As she begins her healing process, she has to deal with her various emotions and develop her own abilities and needs. What are her needs? Can she learn to forgive herself? Is she able to truly love anyone or anything? How can she learn to care for others until she learns to care for herself? It is a hard-won journey of hope, love, and healing. The journey is hard, with many set-backs, but worth it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard subject to read about. October 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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. I am glad I persevered. As a survivor of incest myself I appreciated the struggle Lucky had with her self worth and her thinking that people were out to hurt her. Her doctors explanations of her motivations were also well done.. The backdrop of the racing world was wonderful too. Lucky's final decision to confront her mother and seek prosecution of her father was a perfect ending as was her decision to love and be loved. My family turned away from me when I was struggling to get over my abusive past. I can relate to Lucky's relief when she accepted herself as lovable and decided to trust and love someone in return. This is not a book I could read again but it is not one I will forget.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I found this book confusing yet somewhat compelling. A lot of the time I thought I missed something when the author kept going back and forth from past to present in such an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela Scotto
2.0 out of 5 stars A book about horses and more
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

I choose to this book, not because I'm interested in horses (I'm not) but because I was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting storyline
I enjoyed the racing aspect of this book. I would have enjoyed it if there had been more. The story at times was difficult to follow. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Busy lady
3.0 out of 5 stars This was an okay book. Probably not one that ...
This was an okay book. Probably not one that I would read again. A lot of skipping around had me going back and re-reading about the first 40% to clarify who was whom.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars This book was good, but it was choppy
I was given a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review. This book was good, but it was choppy. It seemed to leap from one scene to another without a lead in. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Racing on a wire
Worst book I have ever read. Kept hoping it would get better. Not worth the time invested in reading it.
Published 3 months ago by Audrey D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend this book to my friends
I found it very touching and the characters were well defined. Would recommend this book to my friends.
Published 3 months ago by Katlady
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking clarity and cohesivness
This story needs something to boost it. It seems to be a morose story, not much is happy. The plot has holes in it, paragraphs start new plot lines without real connection to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RabbitAdoption
4.0 out of 5 stars I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest...
Virginia, a young woman, has lived a horrendous past of the worst kind of abuse. However, through the support of true friends and strong character she is able to look to a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brenda
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 4 months ago by You can call me Lynn
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More About the Author

Inge Moore studied creative writing at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Alberta. There she worked with such revered writers as Governor General's Award Winning author, Rudy Wiebe. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Zoology) from the University of Guelph. Over the years she has worked as a biologist, a research scientist, an economic development officer, an office manager, an immigration officer, a writer, and a horse trainer.

Moore's short stories have been published in numerous 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. She has several books available on Amazon, including 15 short stories, two short story collections and three novels.

Moore has spent most of her life in Canada, moving between Alberta, the Northwest Territores, and Ontario, and has also lived in Austria and Great Britain. She loves to travel, the Caribbean being a favourite destination. Currently she resides in Fort Erie, Ontario. She enjoys nature, horses, art, reading, and, of course, writing.

Website: http://ingemoore-novelistandshortstorywriter.yolasite.com/

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