Riding Barranca

Finding Freedom and Forgiveness on the Midlife Trail

Laura Chester

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In this remarkable one-year journal, 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."

Additional Information

Author: Laura Chester

Format: Paperback

Page Count: 256

Illustrations: 104 black and white photos

ISBN: 9781570765780

By Laura Chester

Laura Chester has been writing, editing, and publishing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction since the early seventies. Editor of the first 20th Century American Women Poets anthology, Rising Tides, she went on to edit several important collections, including Deep Down (Faber & Faber), and The Unmade Bed (HarperCollins). Her most recent books include Riding Barranca (Trafalgar Square Books), a new edition of Lupus Novice (Station Hill Press); a short story collection, Bitches Ride Alone (Black Sparrow Press); and the novels The Story of the Lake (Faber & Faber) and Kingdom Come (Creative Arts Book Company). Indiana University Press published her non-fiction book, Holy Personal, with photographs by Donna DeMari.

Horse & Style Magazine Says:

“Leaves the reader rooting for the author while reflecting on his/her own life.”