Remember My Beauties by Lynne Hugo
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Switchgrass Books; 1 edition (April 18, 2016)
Genre: literary fiction
My comments: Family conflicts amid the Kentucky bluegrass country and purebred horses. Jewell tries to hold things together when her parents become disabled, but her brother Cal appears and tries to put her efforts to waste.
Lovers of novels that tackle the theme of family dysfunction, particularly between siblings, will enjoy Lynne Hugo's book, and those who want to read more or learn about Kentucky and their horse rearing traditions and lore will likewise find this novel alluring.
Book description: Imagine a hawk’s view of the magnificent bluegrass pastures of Kentucky horse country. Circle around the remnants of a breeding farm, four beautiful horses grazing just beyond the paddock. Inside the ramshackle house, a family is falling apart.
Hack, the patriarch breeder and trainer, is aged and blind, and his wife, Louetta, is confined by rheumatoid arthritis. Their daughter, Jewel, struggles to care for them and the horses while dealing with her own home and job—not to mention her lackluster second husband, Eddie, and Carley, her drug-addicted daughter. Many days, Jewel is only sure she loves the horses. But she holds it all together. Until her brother, Cal, shows up again. Jewel already has reason to hate Cal, and when he meets up with Carley, he throws the family into crisis—and gives Jewel reason to pick up a gun.
Every family has heartbreaks, failures, a black sheep or two. And some families end in tatters. But some stumble on the secret of survival: if the leader breaks down, others step up and step in. In this lyrical novel, when the inept, the addict, and the ex-con join to weave the family story back together, either the barn will burn to the ground or something bigger than any of them will emerge, shining with hope. Remember My Beauties grows large and wide as it reveals what may save us. (publisher)