Day’s mother died with her eyes wide open in 1947, near Maude, New South Wales. No doctor was called. Day watched his father drop her body into the red earth wrapped in a feed sack. He was only twelve. When he rode up Muddy Gates Lane, away from there, he didn’t know that he was leaving, but he was sure he wasn’t coming back.
Day’s journey took him to America, traveling as groom for a horse called Unusual. On the Eastern Shore of Maryland he meets Callie, who wants to be the world’s first woman jockey. There is no doubt in her eyes, she knows about things that Day has never seen. He is stranded by a love for Callie that takes him back to the harshness of his childhood in Australia, to the dark secrets of his family.
An exquisitely crafted and poignant story that reveals David Francis as a writer with an extraordinary gift for language.
David Francis is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Great Inland Sea, which was published in seven countries. He received the Australia Literature Fund Fellowship in 2002, and is a lawyer currently living in Los Angeles
“Magically lyrical...Day's story-at a walk, a trot, or a hang gallop-is a truly rewarding story.”
— Denver Post
Publication Date: April 10, 2006
trim size: 8 x 5.1 x 0.8