TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT: Outgrown Horses
GENRE: Adult/Literary Fiction
WORD COUNT: 66,000
OUTGROWN HORSES tells the stories of good people and some not-so-good people whose lives and sensibilities are molded by the culture of the barns where they live and work. Brent Sidell, a 20-year-old semi-closeted gay man, cleans up blood at a slaughterhouse while repenting by rescuing horses from the kill pen at slaughterhouse auction that otherwise would be sent to slaughter. When one of Brent’s rescue horses shows international grand prix potential, he is invited into the shady show circuit dominated by illegal drugging for both human and horse. To become true to himself, Brent must figure out how to save himself from this world without endangering both the lives of his horses and the people he cares for.
Colored by lyrical prose and horse-folk vernacular, OUTGROWN HORSES is an authentic, far-reaching novel that sympathizes with those who are wounded, outsiders, and sometimes only marginally articulate. I believe OUTGROWN HORSES would appeal to equestrians, the GLBTQ community, disabled people, fans of the contemporary western genre, and those who enjoy literary fiction.
First 150 Words:
The slaughtering business had been dwindling, machines now primarily responsible for the meat. The cows would receive a bolt to the head from a stun gun. Brain dead, they were hanged upside down, throats slit and bled. Meat was more tender that way. It hit the farming town of Hanson, nestled on the east side of the Longwood Valley gorge, where most everyone bred cattle. The gorge was elevated enough to make ears pop when driving up one of the half-paved roads without chewing gum. Almost no one could afford to level their fields. Their herds grazed on the incline where the property was dirt cheap, but the meat got tougher from muscle. To compensate, they’d slaughter young, tying calves just out of the womb in barns. Sometimes the same was done for lambs or piglets.