When sixteen year old Cat's mother is sent to prison in the fall of 1998, she is forced to leave the streets of Phoenix, Arizona to live with her grandmother whom she has never met, in a remote mountain valley in Northern California. After a devastating incident, Cat is taken in by nurse/midwife Emma Cassady and becomes an integral, yet controversial part of her circle of horsewomen friends: Lilly, Clare, Midnight and Briar. Emma's decision to foster the troubled girl, disrupts her serene life, as do her feelings for the man who broker her heart decades ago. Lilly, blind-sided by change, and her fragile sister Clare, must deal with their aging mother, Dora, who is leading a secret life at the local nursing home. Midnight, culture keeper for her small tribe, is forced to face the truth about her only son; while Briar, a fearless horsewoman and trainer, becomes the circle's greatest teacher. Over the course of a year, these authentic women and their ties to family, animals, their pristine wild environment and each other, inspire an unforgettable story that will be passed from friend to friend and mother to daughter.
Verdict: A phenomenally
poetic novel that explores the rich
realm of nature, womanhood, family and the everlasting
bonds of friendship.
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