Courtney Maum - The Year of the Horses

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

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In Conversation with Erin Chandler

A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 at The Millions, LitHub, and The Rumpus

Sharp, heartfelt, and cathartic, The Year of the Horses captures a woman’s journey out of depression and the horses that guide her, physically and emotionally, on a new path forward. 

At the age of thirty-seven, Courtney Maum finds herself in an indoor arena in Connecticut, moments away from stepping back into the saddle. For her, this is not just a riding lesson, but a last-ditch attempt to pull herself back from the brink even though riding is a relic from the past she walked away from. She hasn’t been on or near a horse in over thirty years.        

Although Maum does know what depression looks like, she finds herself refusing to admit, at this point in her life, that it could look like her: a woman with a privileged past, a mortgage, a husband, a healthy child, and a published novel. That she feels sadness is undeniable, but she feels no right to claim it. And when both therapy and medication fail, Courtney returns to her childhood passion of horseback riding as a way to recover the joy and fearlessness she once had access to as a young girl. As she finds her way, once again, through the world of contemporary horseback riding—Courtney becomes reacquainted with herself not only as a rider but as a mother, wife,  daughter,  writer, and woman. Alternating timelines and braided with historical portraits of women and horses alongside history’s attempts to tame both parties, The Year of the Horses is an inspiring love letter to the power of animals—and humans—to heal the mind and the heart.

 

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels CostalegreTouch; and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You; and a guide for writers, Before and After the Book Deal. Her writing and essays have been widely published in such outlets as The New York TimesO, the Oprah Magazine; Interview Magazine; and Modern Loss. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, where she founded the learning collaborative The Cabins.

Erin Chandler is a celebrated actress and the author of the memoir June Bug Versus Hurricane (2018) and the essay collection Cinderella Sweeping Up (2019). She teaches playwrighting and screenwriting at the Carnegie Center and has a weekly column in the Woodford Sunwww.erinchandlerauthor.com

 

 

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While our store has ramp access to the right of the main entrance, the event space is more easily accessed by entering at Bayly Avenue. Please call the store when you arrive and we will be happy to welcome you via this entrance. This door is next to a loading zone for easy car access, and our parking lot reserved ADA spots are also close to this entrance.

The Year of the Horses: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781953534156
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Tin House Books - May 3rd, 2022

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A Good Morning America, Vanity Fair, NYLON and PureWow Best Book of May and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer

A Most Anticipated Book of 2022 at The Millions, LitHub, and The Rumpus


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Sharp, heartfelt, and cathartic, The Year of the Horses captures a woman’s journey out of depression and the horses that guide her