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A Year at the Races by Jane Smiley
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Jun 12, 2009

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An entertaining tale of Jane Smiley's love of horses, re-discovered when she was in her forties. She talks about the return to horses and her rapid embracing of the horse world - acquiring horses, trainers, gear and eventually race horses. The book is at its most interesting when she's talking about her experiences with her horses and at the racetrack. Smiley also attempts to riff on horse psychology, jumping off others' work and throwing her own suppositions out there, which ends up being a distraction for the story as a whole.

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