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The Horse That Haunts My Heart Paperback – May 22, 2014
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About the Author
Deborah Smith Parker is a writer, poet, essayist, blogger and author of two books.
Her first book, Humanus Astrologicus (2010), goes where no astrologer has gone before, and easily takes the reader along. Parker blends ancient knowledge with modern wit and rhyme. And unlike many astrology books, it has richness both for the person clueless about astrology as well as the seasoned astrologer.
The Horse that Haunts My Heart (2014) is Parker’s recent release. Anyone who ever loved a horse – or wished they had—will be quickly captivated by this coming of age memoir that chronicles the extraordinary relationship Parker developed with her horse, shaped by the poignancy, hilarity and drama that tested relationships undergo –all set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Her other works have appeared in more than 25 different published outlets ranging from "Journal of the American Medical Association" to "The Mountain Astrologer" to "North County Times" to "Nuthouse" to "New Press Literary Quarterly."
Parker grew up bi-lingual, fluent in both prose and poetry, learning from her father at an early age to write clever verse. Later she learned how to use writing to dig deep into the pain and revelations of life. However, whatever topic she writes on or form she writes in, Parker is genetically programmed to incorporate her well-honed wit.
Parker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in English. She lives in North County San Diego with her husband, Jeff, a homeopath and their Cattle Dog, Eli.
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Top customer reviews
Reading this book brought back fond childhood memories for me of when I grew up on a farm. I too longed to have a horse of my own but since that was “not in the stars”, I was fortunate to have neighbors with horses. I had many wonderful adventures at the neighbor’s farm, riding horses through the woods and through freshly plowed fields in the spring. I also tagged along to their horse shows and experienced the excitement of watching them participate in barrel racing and egg-and-spoon runs. I can still sense the warm smell of horses and leather in the tack room where they kept the saddles, blankets, bridles and brushes.
The Horse That Haunts My Heart is a delightful read! I highly recommend it.
Deborah's love of horses and the untamed west shines through the pages. It's delightfully infectious. So is her deep longing and fun-loving spirit. Central to the story is her love of a horse named Tank. Over a period of three summers in the 1950s, Deborah and Tank shared many adventures on a working ranch in the Rocky Mountains. Through their relationship, the author learned much about horses and herself.
The emotions in this book are just as vivid as the imagery and events. Deborah's experiences and insights spoke to me with powerful clarity, inspiring me to revisit events of my own childhood with fresh eyes. This is a story formed by love and dreams, redemption and realization. I think it is a story that we can all relate to and learn from in some way. In short, I love this book and look forward to reading it many more times over the years to come.