Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel (2009) by Jeannette Walls


Critical Assessment "Like most good New Journalism adherents, Walls offers this account in first person, completely putting her readers in Lily's position and telling the stories of Half Broke Horses in a conversational tone that makes you feel like you're sitting on  a porch somewhere with a cool drink and an even cooler companion. The stories during the Depression – when Lily gave birth to her children and times everywhere were beyond tough – make expected and indelible marks on the reader, perhaps creating the most impact in all the book's different eras. "However, the first Christmas lights on the ranch, the one-room [...]