Blind Your Ponies (CD-Audio)

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February 2011 Indie Next List


“Blind Your Ponies is a book about basketball like Moby Dick is a book about a whale. Yes, there's basketball in the rundown town of Willow Creek, Montana, and a coach whose team has a dismal record of zero wins and 93 losses. When two new kids show up, they give Coach Sam Pickett and everybody else new hope, despite adversities galore. Humor, compassion, and perseverance rise from every page as these all too real people grow in trust, confidence, and understanding. The story is triumphant but never schmalzy, preachy or satisfied with the cheap heartstring tug. The writing is pure and beautiful.”
— Valerie Ryan, Cannon Beach Book Company, Cannon Beach, OR

Description


Sam Pickett never expected to settle in this dried-up shell of a town on the western edge of the world. He’s come here to hide from the violence and madness that have shattered his life, but what he finds is what he least expects. It seems that every inhabitant of this forgotten outpost has a story, a reason for taking a detour to this place—or a reason for staying.

As the coach of the hapless high school basketball team, Sam can’t help but be moved by the bravery he witnesses in the everyday lives of people—including his own young players—bearing their sorrows and broken dreams. How do they carry on, believing in a future that seems to be based on the flimsiest of promises? Drawing on the strength of the boys on the team, sharing the hope they display despite insurmountable odds, Sam finally begins to see a future worth living.

Author Stanley Gordon West has filled the town of Willow Creek with characters so vividly cast that they become as real as relatives, and their stories—so full of humor and passion, loss and determination—illuminate a path into the human heart.

About the Author


TRABER BURNS is a native of Louisiana, who began his acting career as a graduate of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.  He spent 30 years working in regional theatre, including the New York, Oregon, Alabama and Dallas Shakespeare Festivals.  After 5 years of acting in Los Angeles, he now lives in Oregon where he spends most of his time transporting his son to various activities.


Stanley Gordon West has made a name for himself by selling his books single-handedly from bookstore to bookstore, in the process gathering a large and devoted audience. His earlier novel, Amos: To Ride a Dead Horse, became a made-for-TV movie starring Kirk Douglas. He lives in Minnesota.

Praise For…


“Worthy of a place in Montaniana alongside Ivan Doig and Deirdre McNamer, this is a modest tale, elegantly written.”
      —Kirkus Reviews


“A fervent feel-good fairy tale of a novel.”
      —Booklist


“An uplifting story about the triumph of human decency.”
      —Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611744378
ISBN-10: 1611744377
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: March 15th, 2011
Language: English