New York: Grove Press, 2014.
First Edition. Hardcover. Inscribed by Malcolm Brooks to title page: "To David- Spoiler alert: I kill the horse!" All best, Malcolm Brooks". First edition, with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 3/8". 370pp. Light shelfwear to unclipped dust jacket. Bound in blue paper over boards, with spine backed in blue cloth and lettered in gilt. Gentle bumping to head and tail of spine, else fine. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A very presentable signed first printing of this novel by Malcolm Brooks, with unique and fun inscription.
ABOUT PAINTED HORSES:
In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still very much wild. In Painted Horses, now in paperback, a dauntless woman travels into that untamed landscape in an adventure that will change her life. Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist who’s come to Montana with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she arrives, nothing is what she expects. John H is a former mustanger with an intuitive genius for breaking horses. A veteran of the U.S. Army’s last mounted cavalry campaign, he lives a fugitive life, driven by pursuit of one last wild thing. John H inspires Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more than just the vanished past. Painted Horses sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of life and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and progress, often make strange bedfellows. Very good + / very good +. Item #7510