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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Savvy Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982606990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982606995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,059,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who would read a horse story written by an operatic soprano? You would, you know you would. I spent my adult years singing opera, oratorio, concerts, musicals, cabarets, anything that came along. You can still see some of my opera work on YouTube. When I wasn't singing, I would take my faithful Keeshond Gandalf to my family's country place and ride my horses! After I aged out of the opera singing, I became a journalist, writing for the Boston Globe and magazines.

I have always loved all animals, nature, the outdoors, reading and writing. I can't ride or keep pets any more, so my book Sam (a pastoral) is a valentine to all the wonderful horses I have known in my life. They were good to me and took me many places. Some of these places are on the map, and some are in my heart.

In this book I also pay tribute to the farming people I knew in those golden days when I roamed the countryside on horseback. I especially remember Gordon, an old Vermonter who could fix a tractor, sit a horse, milk a cow and make me laugh. He is now farming the fields of heaven, but a lot of him lives in my book.

I am working on a second book, a comedic murder mystery that takes place in an opera house. I also garden, bicycle and do easel painting. I travel around the world bird-watching. I have one husband, two kids and four grandkids. It's a good life.

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There were times I felt this book was depressing.
Noreen Kellner
Beautifully drawn descriptions of the landscape in all seasons truly make this a 'pastoral'.
Living1
I won't recommend this for young children but I highly recommend it for teens and up.
Mrs. O

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ledbetter on August 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Sam" offers a compelling account of a family that is hurting deeply, largely owing to financial stress when the father buys a dilapidated farm house to get out of the city and moves there with his family, and nothing seems to go right. He has a daughter who wants more than anything else to have a horse. She gets her horse, Sam, but he's not the sleek beautiful animal of her dreams. Still, horse and rider develop a profound communication that ultimately--and not at all easily--brings a much-needed redemption to this troubled family.

Anyone who has lived in a small town, especially one in the northeast of the US, will recognize the challenges of weather, neighbors, souls that are generous and others that are the opposite.

There is a certain age at which many young people, girls especially, but boys too, are drawn to horses and stories about their interaction with teenage owners. Early in my reading of "Sam," I thought of how much my horse-loving granddaughter and her sisters would like it. As I got into the hardest passages, I decided that I will hold off on giving it to them for several years. They will certainly read it some day, but it is important to note that there are some very dark episodes, including violence. I would hesitate to give it to a pre-teen, even a very precocious reader, no matter how fond of horses. But my granddaughters will be ready for it in a few years, perhaps in their mid-teens, and as passionate readers and horse-lovers, they will certainly be as touched by the story and the hard-won resolution as my wife and I were.

"Sam" is by turns warm and loving or strongly challenging, but it has a reality that lifts it far above the kind of sentimental horse stories that I remember from my own youth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maida Tilchen on January 2, 2013
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Two sweet dreams collide in "Sam: A Pastoral." An adolescent girl only wants a horse of her own, while her father wants to leave city life for an idyllic rural farm. They both get their dream, but at great cost individually and to their family. In a well-crafted way, the sweet fantasies of the earlier chapters give way to unexpected and painful realities. I especially enjoyed the presentation of a contemporary rural community, with its positives and negatives. The descriptions of horses, rural life, and family disfunction are compelling. I couldn't put the book down, I wanted to know what would happen next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marty on August 10, 2012
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This is a delightful read, sometimes cheery, sometimes teary.
The upstate-NY vernacular is fascinating, and makes for fun.
You don't need to be an equestrian to enjoy the story, but
it would amplify your engagement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on March 21, 2013
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I loved this book! The relationship between the central character Ruthie and her horse Sam is poignant and real. Any animal lover can relate to the intense communication and trust that develops between the two. The parallel story of Ruthie's family struggling along in a dilapidated country house is filled with events and emotions that range from tragically raw to funny and tender. At the end I felt as if I knew these people. This author does not mince words, and anyone who has survived a family in crisis will recognize and appreciate the realities in this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MargaretAlice on December 2, 2012
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The lesson is how important it is to achieve forgiveness - for each other and for ourselves. This tale reveals a sad set of circumstances that mar the hopes for an idyllic world. A real 'pastoral' is hard won by the characters in this book, but they do get there! Enjoy the journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Jordan on October 18, 2013
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Fascinating people, situations, complicated family relationships, the helplessness of children caught up in the stress of their adults' personal crises and issues, and how previously well behaved and respectful kids may loose themselves in impossible circumstances. I was a kid in the 60's and it wasn't all hippies and love-ins, and to that extent at least I identified with the main human character and loved the horse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Givens on October 14, 2013
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If you want animal abuse, child abuse, and a bout of madness, then this is the book for you. No I would not recommend it for any young person because of the child abuse which is not addressed in any positive way.
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Two stars are not right for it because it's not that I disliked the book as much as the fact the book was hard to like at times. To start with I will say this is not a book for all ages- I'd say this is quite firmly above +13, possibly even +16. There are a lot of hard subjects in this book, some addressed head on, and some only alluded to. While the writing style works really well for several parts of the book, there were other times where very serious matters and scenes ended up practically seeming to be an episode of some weird, traumatic cartoon, with incredibly over the top reactions. I was seriously concerned for the main character's mental stability for a very lengthy part of the book, which I think was the point? (I hope?)....

all in all, while this was a book I can't say was bad, neither could I say it was professionally written, nor 'serious'. It is enjoyable, however, and it did keep me turning the pages.
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