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Robert Olmstead is a Professor in the English Department at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has written eight books, of which one, Coal Black Horse, has equine content. Coal Black Horse won the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award.


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Thanks to Lisa Catz for the summary and picture.


Robert Olmstead

Coal Black Horse

Algonquin, New York, 2007, 218 pp
Algonquin, New York, 2008, pb


Robey Childs' mother has a premonition about her husband, who is fighting in the Civil War. She
asks Robey to find his father on the battlefield and bring him home. Fourteen year old Robey
thinks it’s a great adventure, but when his horse falters on the way, he realises he’s up against
far more than he thinks. A blacksmith lends him a coal black horse. When they are separated,
Robey is lost, but together he and the horse move as one. It is a traumatic journey.





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