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The Grass Memorial
by Sarah Harrison

Category: Fiction / General
608 pages; ISBN: 0312290861

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Overlooking the English village of Church Norton is a leaping horse carved into the hillside many centuries ago. That ancient steed has been the silent observer of the human condition.

In the 1850s, Harry Latimer falls in love with his brother's wife Rachel. A cavalry officer, he sets off for some forsaken place in the Crimea to insure the sun never sets on the English Empire.

In the 1960s, Wyoming resident Spencer returns to England where he fought during World War II. Spencer needs closure to the greatest moments of his life when he gave his heart and soul to Janet.

Singer Stella Carlyle reflects on her life that is marked in her mind by a series of failures. She wonders about her failing music career and even worse her relationship with a married man that is going nowhere.

The Horse and other steeds link these three novellas, but outside of that and locale they have little in common. Though well written, the book is an apparent parable of life using birth, death and rebirth of horses to symbolize mortality. However, the plots seem disjointed and over blown so that except for horse lovers and Sarah Harrison’s faithful fans, most readers will find the tales too difficult to connect with on any level.

Harriet Klausner


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