I chose to read the book Half Broke Horses because it was written by Jeannette Walls. She wrote one of my all-time favorite books, The Glass Castle. While I enjoyed reading Half Broke Horses, I actually put the book down for weeks without reading it. I didn’t think about it much and didn’t really care what happened next. To put this in perspective, I read The Glass Castle in one day.
Jeanette Walls writes that Half Broke Horses was a work of fiction based on facts. It is written about the author’s grandmother. I thought the main character was interesting, her life was hard and she made it work. The part that intrigued me most was the daughter in the book, Rosemary (Jeannette Walls’ mother in the future). You will read about her in The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls’ memoir. I wanted to know how someone could grow up and only think of themselves and not their children. How a mother could buy art supplies before feeding her kids. In Half Broke Horses when Rosemary met her future husband, Rex Walls, it made my heart hurt to think about what would happen in The Glass Castle. Two self centered people found each other and had a family.
Jeanette Walls is a great author and her family is more than interesting (to say the least!).
Goodreads describes the book:
Lily Casey Smith, this novel’s feisty Texas protagonist, is a frontier teacher, a rancher, a rodeo rider, a poker player, and bootlegger. In Half Broke Horses, she survives droughts, tornados, floods, poverty, and whatever else fate can throw against her. Based on author Jeannette Walls’s grandmother, Lily is a plausible character because she has a voice that synchronizes with her history. This novel lives up to the still gathering acclaim for Walls’s novel The Glass Castle.
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