Painted Horses

Painted Horses

Large Print - 2015
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Catherine Lemay, a young archeologist surveying a Montana canyon in the 1950s ahead of the planned construction of a major dam, meets a former mounted cavalryman who shows her the beauty in the stark landscape around her.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2015.
ISBN: 9781410475114
1410475115
Branch Call Number: BRO
Characteristics: 611 p.

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StephenFoster
Oct 22, 2017

A brilliant novel, set in the American west but not a genre "western." Instead, it's about a young archeologist accepting her first professional job in America's west (l950s). She tries to protect ancient canyon art showing "painted horses", from plans to inundate the sacred area with a reservoir. She learns much about herself and a young horseman who befriends her. Rich, descriptive writing and mature themes.

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EmilyEm
Aug 07, 2015

We're transported to 1950s Montana when Catherine Lemay is hired to do an archeological survey of a canyon set to be flooded for a power project.
While there is much to commend in Brooks’s Painted Horses, lush writing, characters with interesting back stories and a compelling story line with many twists and turns, in the end I just wanted to be done with it. A sparer story without all the asides and the stereotype good guys and bad guys was what I wished for. You could see this ending coming pages and pages before it happened.

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posie12
Jun 04, 2015

Good story.

DPLheather Mar 04, 2015

A good Western without stereotyping. Combines archaeology, WWII, and Montana, plus a beautiful and believable love story.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2014

In the 1950s, archeologist Catherine Lemay heads to Montana as a member of the River Basin Survey, tasked with searching for evidence of indigenous human habitation in a canyon soon to be inundated by the flood waters generated by a proposed hydroelectric dam. When Catherine realizes that her guide, Jack Allen, may have been hired by the power company to lead her astray, she enlists a Crow Indian woman named Miriam as her assistant and finds an unexpected ally in reclusive horseman John H, whose intimate knowledge of the terrain masks his tragic life story. Historical Fiction September 2014 Newsletter.

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caj1222204441801
Aug 06, 2014

a very intriguing book about the old ways and new ways clashing over the building of a dam with artifacts. the characters are vivid and the plot is exciting. a great book.

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