The Year of the Horses

ISBN:
978-1-953534-15-6
Pub Date:
05/03/2022
List Price:
$27.95
Page Count:
272
ISBN:
978-1-953534-23-1
Pub Date:
05/03/2022
List Price:
$27.95
Page Count:
272

“Tender, honest, and beautifully written.” —Kate Baer, #1 bestselling author of What Kind of Woman

At the age of thirty-seven, Courtney Maum finds herself in an indoor arena in Connecticut, moments away from stepping back into the saddle. For her, this is not just a riding lesson, but a last-ditch attempt to pull herself back from the brink even though riding is a relic from the past she walked away from. She hasn’t been on or near a horse in over thirty years.       

Although Courtney does know what depression looks like, she finds herself refusing to admit, at this point in her life, that it could look like her: a woman with a privileged past, a mortgage, a husband, a healthy child, and a published novel. That she feels sadness is undeniable, but she feels no right to claim it. And when both therapy and medication fail, Courtney returns to her childhood passion of horseback riding as a way to recover the joy and fearlessness she once had access to as a young girl. As she finds her way, once again, through the physical and emotional landscapes of riding, Courtney becomes reacquainted with herself not only as a rider but as a mother, wife,  daughter,  writer, and woman. Alternating timelines and braided with historical portraits of women and horses alongside history’s attempts to tame both parties, The Year of the Horses is an inspiring love letter to the power of animals—and humans—to heal the mind and the heart.

Praise

  • Tender, honest, and beautifully written.

    —Kate Baer, #1 Bestselling author of What Kind Of Woman

  • “Searing, lucid, and wise.”

    —Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance

  • “An unflinching exploration of darkness and self-forgiveness, terror and tenderness.”

    —Hala Alyan, author of The Arsonists’ City

  • “Author of Touch and Costalegre, Courtney Maum writes honestly and openly about confronting depression in her 30s and, when all else failed, taking up horseback riding again.”

    —Katie Couric Media, “Must-Read New Books Coming Out in 2022”

  • “If, like me at age 50, you have a hankering to resume riding again (never mind that it’s been 34 years), this is the book for you. Courtney will show you her way to this particular form of personal salvation.”

    —Sally Mann, author of Hold Still 

  • “The concept of finding safety in a dangerous sport won’t make sense to everyone, but the way that Courtney found meaning and magic in horses resonates with me. As a polo player, I loved the sometimes laugh-out-loud journey of an adult trying against all odds to learn the sport of kings. This is a great memoir that somehow manages to be both deeply moving and funny.”

    —Kareem Rosser, author of Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever

  • “Here is a book where the author writes not from an ideal of who she should be, but as she is. It lacks performative overtones or those typical bits where the reader is assured the author is self-aware. No, it’s nothing like that. The Year of the Horses sings like the world actually feels, it gives us permission to be who we are, and it’s written by one of the best—a writer’s writer—with a maturity that reveals her decades-long devotion to her craft.”

    —Holly Whitaker, author of Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol