Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and in 'Horse Heaven' the universe of horse racing - passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt - is woven into a marvellous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed and reckless courage.
Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, this book puts us among trainers and track brats, horse-obsessed girls, nervy jockeys, billionaire breeders and restless track wives. Here is the trainer of dazzling integrity and his opposite, a wicked prince of the track headed for still another terrible swindle; here are the gamblers and hangers-on.
And, in an amazing feat of imagination, here are the horses themselves - from the filly orphaned at birth to Justa Bob, the plain brown horse who always wins by a nose, a lovable claimer who passes from owner to owner on a heart-wrenching journey down from the winner's circle; and the beautiful Mr T, raced in France and rescued in Texas, who is discovered to have some unusual and amazing talents.
The strange, compelling and mysterious universe of horse racing is depicted with verve and originality, tenderness and exuberance.