Remember My Beauties
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. For more information, visit lynnehugo.com
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About the Author
""Remember My Beauties is a lyrical and down-to-earth snapshot of unsympathetic characters who, because they are so clearly defined and motivated, become captivating and heart-achingly beautiful. A pocket of flawed humanity bound by the love of innocent animals elevates this story that shines a light on the value of family, love, and the connections that keep everything on a steady trot."--Foreword Reviews"Hugo's writing might remind some readers of Annie Proulx, although her ear for dialogue is closer to Larry McMurtry's.... Hugo offers convincing three-dimensional characters with convincing psychic wounds."--The Wilmington Star News "This book helps us to know that when life knocks us to our knees, it is possible to get up and 'walk on.'"--Laura Munson, author of This Is Not the Story You Think It Is "In vibrant prose, Lynne Hugo tells a gritty, psychologically astute story of three generations in turmoil and the power of nature to heal even the most troubled hearts. Her characters are brave, flawed, real-at times disturbingly so-but she never gives up on any of them, and by the end of this inspiring novel, I shared her empathetic vision. A spare, commanding novel by a master storyteller."--Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point "A character in Remember My Beauties is fond of saying, 'Lotsa ways to be blind, ' but this wonderful novel also shows us there are many ways to see-many ways to see love, for instance, or family or forgiveness. I'll be remembering the beauty of this novel for a long time to come."--Katrina Kittle, author of The Blessings of the Animals "Lynne Hugo's writing is beautiful and evocative, earthy and strong. The characters, the setting, and the way she handles tough issues with honesty, grit, and understanding all make for a wonderful read."--Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss"