The Year of the Horses: A Memoir

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Tin House Books
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre, Touch, and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and an award-winning guide for writers, Before and After the Book Deal. A writing coach and educator, Courtney's mission is to help people hold on to the joy of art-making in a culture obsessed with turning artists into brands. Courtney's essays and articles about creativity have been widely published in outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, and Interview. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with her family, where she runs a nonprofit learning collaborative for artists called The Cabins.


Searing, lucid, tender and wise, The Year of the Horses is a moving, beautifully-written interrogation into a complicated, privileged childhood and its aftermath. Courtney Maum weaves together the sensory, tactile world of horses and their capacity to heal us, along with one of the most illuminating and powerful depictions of depression I have ever read. Oh, and it's also a page-turner. I tore through it with immense pleasure.--Dani Shapiro
I was sold at Courtney Maum and "horses," TBH, but pleasantly surprised to learn about the other threads in this one: Maum's experience of reckoning with depression, plus historical portraits of other horseback-riding ladies. Saddle up, we're going riding.-- "LitHub"
If, like me at age 50, you have a hankering to resume riding again (never mind that it's been 34 years), this is the book for you. Courtney will show you her way to this particular form of personal salvation.--Sally Mann, author of Hold Still
Gorgeously written, wry but loving, heartbreaking and, most of all, roving. . . . The Year of the Horses is a memoir of power and beauty and pain that moves across the world like the beautiful horses that carry it.--Lisa Taddeo, author of Animal
Author of Touch and Costalegre, Courtney Maum writes honestly and openly about confronting depression in her 30s and, when all else failed, taking up horseback riding again.-- "Katie Couric Media"
Tender, honest, and beautifully written.--Kate Baer, #1 Bestselling author of What Kind Of Woman
Courtney Maum dives into her own life with the same fearlessness and honesty that she brings to her fiction. The Year of the Horses is a beautiful, unflinching exploration of darkness and self-forgiveness, terror and tenderness.--Hala Alyan, author of Salt Houses
Courney Maum writes not from an ideal of who she should be but as she is; it lacks performative overtones or those typical bits where the reader is assured the author is self-aware. No, it's nothing like that--The Year of the Horses sings like the world actually feels, offering readers permission to be who we are, written by one of the best, a writer's writer, with a maturity that reveals her decades long devotion to her craft.--Holly Whitaker, author of Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol
The concept of finding safety in a dangerous sport won't make sense to everyone, but the way that Courtney found meaning and magic in horses resonates with me. As a polo player, I loved the sometimes laugh-out-loud journey of an adult trying against all odds to learn the sport of kings. This is a great memoir that somehow manages to be both deeply moving, and funny.--Kareem Rosser, author of Crossing the Line: A Fearless Team of Brothers and the Sport That Changed Their Lives Forever
A touching and insightful memoir of depression and healing.-- "The Millions"