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Remember My Beauties Paperback – April 18, 2016 by Lynne Hugo

From the Publisher.Imagine a hawk’s view of the magnificent bluegrass pastures of Kentucky horse country. Circle around the remnants of a breeding farm, four beautiful horses grazing just beyond the paddock. Inside the ramshackle house, a family is falling apart.

Hack, the patriarch breeder and trainer, is aged and blind, and his wife, Louetta, is confined by rheumatoid arthritis. Their daughter, Jewel, struggles to care for them and the horses while dealing with her own home and job—not to mention her lackluster second husband, Eddie, and Carley, her drug-addicted daughter. Many days, Jewel is only sure she loves the horses. But she holds it all together. Until her brother, Cal, shows up again. Jewel already has reason to hate Cal, and when he meets up with Carley, he throws the family into crisis—and gives Jewel reason to pick up a gun.

Every family has heartbreaks, failures, a black sheep or two. And some families end in tatters. But some stumble on the secret of survival: if the leader breaks down, others step up and step in. In this lyrical novel, when the inept, the addict, and the ex-con join to weave the family story back together, either the barn will burn to the ground or something bigger than any of them will emerge, shining with hope. Remember My Beauties grows large and wide as it reveals what may save us.

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Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. I was first drawn to this novel because it is set in Kentucky, my home state. The descriptions and history of bluegrass filled pastures made me feel right at home. Hugo quickly creates the family turmoil juxtaposed against the serene horse country in this slim novel . The family’s demise or survival becomes almost like a horse race and the tension mounts with each chapter. Hugo tells the story from different points of view and this works. She includes the horses’ perspective and they become the center of the story, the beauties. Hugo shows the healing potential of horses through the relationship with t Jewel and Drug addicted Carly. Even the blind father knows his favorite and the horses are like medicine for him. Can the Beauties offset such ugliness in this family? Will their healing be complete? A beautiful novel that shows the reader the interaction of man and animal and man as animal. The command is heard but will it be heeded, “Walk on.”


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About the Author

Lynne Hugo is an award-winning novelist, poet, and memoirist. Her 2014 novel, A Matter of Mercy, won an Independent Publisher silver medal for best regional fiction. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a master’s degree from Miami University. She lives with her husband in Ohio.
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