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Riding Lessons by Sara Gruen
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Jan 05, 2009

bookshelves: 2008-audio-books, 2008-general-fiction
Read in May, 2008

Riding Lessons, by Sara Gruen. Narrated by Maggi-Meg Reed, produced by Highbridge Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Annemarie Zimmer was 19 years old, an equestrian Olympic contender, and no one could beat her or jump over higher jumps than Annemarie with her splendid horse, Harry. Then, at the climax of a show when she and Harry had just sailed over the highest jump yet, Harry came down wrong on his legs and shattered one. Annemarie was thrown from the horse and had many injuries, including a broken neck. For a period of time she was paralyzed but ultimately regained the use of her muscles. But she couldn’t stand the pain of remaining with her parents when her horse was gone, and she no longer wanted the pressures of competition. So she left her parents’ home in New Hampshire and moved to Minneapolis with her husband, Roger, where she lived for almost 20 years. Annemarie now had a daughter, Eva, fifteen years old, who was fairly rebellious. In one day, Annemarie lost her job due to layoffs, found out that her daughter was going to be expelled because she had missed so many classes-a fact that Annemarie was not aware of, and her husband left her to move in with one of his interns. Annemarie took Eva and moved back to New Hampshire. Her father was very ill and, aside from the fact that she had nowhere else to live, she thought she could help her mother to take care of him. The following book is full of pathos along with the total impulsiveness of Annemarie. Some of the time I swear she needed a spanking. Gruen again brings her wonderful talent for detail to bear in this novel.


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