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Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.. Based on the same family – her own – profiled in her memoir, The Glass Castle, this book delivers in quick strokes and vivid scenes a wild upbringing in a low-to-the-ground, Western ranch family, told in the flapper grandmother's voice.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Anyone who devoured Walls’s incandescent 2005 memoir, “The Glass Castle,” has wondered: How did such untamed characters come to exist in America, in the not-so-distant 1960s and ’70s? Walls’s new book, “Half Broke Horses,” a novelistic re-creation of the life of her maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, in the first half of the 20th century, told in her grandmother’s voice, gives a partial answer to that perplexing question."

The NY Times

"For readers who loved The Glass Castle, as I did, this “true-life novel” takes us farther back in time and up the genetic life-stream on which Walls's improvident parents floated their merry way. It is the story of Walls's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, born in West Texas in 1901. The first-person story begins with a flash flood; children in what might well be a family tree, clinging to the branches after a narrow escape from drowning, looking down on floodwaters rampaging across a dry land. What better metaphor?."

The Globe and Mail

Author bio: Jeannette Walls was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her family lived in various southwestern towns before settling in Welch, West Virginia when she was ten. She graduated from Columbia University's Barnard College with honors and went on to become a reporter for New York magazine, Esquire, USA Today and, where she currently works. She has appeared regularly on television, including the Today Show, CNN and PrimeTimeLive. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (272 pp. Funny, with bite: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9781416586289

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