If Wishes Were Horses

A Novel

Merry Whiteford

Thomas Dunne Books

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If Wishes Were Horses is a moving coming-of-age novel that explores the depth of friendship, the hope for redemption, and the heartbreaking choices one must make in a difficult, brutal world.

It's 1974, and 16-year-old Star Hennessey is living with three other foster children in a broken-down central New York town. The daughter of an alcoholic prostitute, Star has so far escaped the gritty, painful circumstances of her life through the poems and stories she writes and recites in her head.

When she discovers she is pregnant, Star's search for the right course of action brings her face-to-face with the cruel exploitation she fears is her legacy--but culminates in her personal and spiritual triumph.

If Wishes Were Horses is a stunning story expertly told by Merry Whiteford, a graceful writer who delves into Star's harsh reality with compassion, hope, and beauty.

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"A strong, fresh, and vivid account of adolescence that doesn't sink into morbid sentimentality or hip despair."-Kirkus Reviews (December 1, 2002)
Star's redemption and fledgling career as a poet could be inspiring to teenagers..." Publisher's Weekly (February 17, 2003)

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About the Author

Merry Whiteford

Merry Whiteford is the award-winning author of two other novels, Dog People and Burning Down the House. She lives in Virginia with her husband Neil.

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If Wishes Were Horses
A Novel
Merry Whiteford

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
May 2014
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ISBN: 9781466871076
ISBN10: 1466871075
256 pages
$7.99
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