Funerals for Horses

Genre: Fiction

Funerals for Horses

Performed by:
Carly Robins

Funerals for Horses, Catherine Ryan Hyde's critically acclaimed first novel (initially published in 1997), is a deeply felt and heartrending story of redemption and love, disappearance and faithfulness, by the author who would go on to be known for the best-selling Don't Let Me Go and Pay It Forward. Ella Ginsberg's brother, Simon, has disappeared. His clothing, shoes, and watch were found abandoned near a freight line track in Central California. His jockey shorts and wallet were never found. The police have no clue, and Simon's wife had no warning that anything was wrong. Ella takes off on foot across much of California and Arizona, thinking she can find Simon using nothing but her knowledge of the way he might think. Her search leads her to the Navajo Nation in Arizona, where she is helped and befriended by three Native Americans and an aged paint horse named Yozzie. Ella has serious mental health issues, and Simon, who raised her, is still the most important person in her shaky world. Only maybe it's not as unstable as it looks from the outside. Maybe inside Ella, a core of unexpected strength is emerging. Maybe Ella is even stronger than the brother who held her family's lives together for so long.

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Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde

Biography:
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, <i>Pay It Forward</i>, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels <i>Becoming Chloe</i> and <i>Jumpstart the World</i> were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; <i>Jumpstart the World</i> was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. <i>The Language of Hoofbeats</i> won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the <i>Antioch Review</i>, <i>Michigan Quarterly Review</i>, the <i>Virginia Quarterly Review</i>, <i>Ploughshares</i>, <i>Glimmer Train</i>, and the <i>Sun</i>, and in the anthologies <i>Santa Barbara Stories</i> and <i>California Shorts</i>, as well as the bestselling anthology <i>Dog Is My Co-Pilot</i>. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for <i>Best American Short Stories</i>, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in <i>Best American Short Stories</i>.</p><p>Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
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Carly Robins

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