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Riding Barranca by Laura Chester

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Finding Forgiveness And Freedom On The Midlife Trail.


In this remarkable one-year journal, Riding Barranca, skilled horsewoman and adventurer Laura Chester brings us into her world, where we deeply connect with the earth and its seasons, with beauty and sometimes danger.

While riding in places as far-reaching as Mexico, Australia, and India, Chester is always grateful to come home to the comforts of her familiar horse. As they cover the borderland of Arizona and the hills of Massachusetts, we get to know Barranca as intimate companion, mediator between soul and nature, whether entering the wilds of Cochise Stronghold or picking Berkshire apples from the saddle.

Carried along on waves of memory, released by the gaits of her smooth-moving fox trotter, this literary memoir takes us on a personal exploration as well, where family relationships are fractured by anger, jealousy, illness, and death. With the help of her big-hearted animal, Chester is able to retrieve the past and find forgiveness. For as she says, “Riding Barranca puts me in the moment, which is where I want to live.”

Laura Chester has published many volumes of poetry, prose and non-fiction. Most recently, a book of short stories, Rancho Weirdo , became available from Bootstrap Press. Editor of six anthologies, her latest collections are Eros & Equus, a passion for the horse , and Heartbeat for Horses , both from Willow Creek Press, including extensive photographs by Donna DeMari. Indiana University Press published the non-fiction book, Holy Personal , while Station Hill Press released an updated version of Lupus Novice , an account of Chester’s personal struggle and breakthrough with the auto-immune disease SLE. Other recent books of fiction include The Stone Baby , and Bitches Ride Alone , Black Sparrow Press; The Story of the Lake , Faber & Faber; Kingdom Come, Creative Arts. Having grown up in Milwaukee and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Chester now lives in Patagonia, Arizona and the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

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