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"Daring and brilliant…Cheshire captures the anguish that has always driven people of faith — or no faith — toward the unbridled promise of a time when ‘there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.’ No matter what you believe, fiction writing that delivers us to a moment like that is something of a miracle."
—Ron Charles, Washington Post
"Cheshire’s debut novel triangulates between contemporary New York City and Southern California and nineteenth-century Kentucky in this vivid, visceral tale about a son schooled in the holy fire of old-time religion who must seek bold new bonds with his evangelical father, his departed mother, his ex-wife, and his own richly transformed inner life."
—Elle"It’s a powerful book, an unflinching examination of two centuries of American yearning and desire."
—As recommended by Colum McCann in The New York Times Book Review"Highbrow…Brilliant…A time-traveling, DeLillo-esque debut."
—New York Magazine"The truly great American Epic is possible, but rare and profoundly special. Scott Cheshire, with his astounding debut High as the Horses’ Bridles, joins that company, effortlessly delivering a beautiful and mysterious story that takes us from the stuffy churches of New York’s outer boroughs to California, and then — almost inexplicably, yet in a way that’s totally right — to Kentucky in the first years of the 19th century…[I]t is one of the finest novels you will read this year."
—Flavorwire"Impressive…human and honest, asking lofty questions while staying down on Earth."
—The Brooklyn Rail"Stick with this one — the book and, more important, the first-time novelist…He’s a more earthbound (if less assured) DeLillo, painting familiar subjects — a scrappy outer borough and a fraught father-son dynamic — in bold new colors."
—Vulture"Cheshire tackles life’s biggest issues through the person of Josiah, whose evangelistic heritage is finally revealed, in a narrative studded with gems of insight about the human condition. An impressively crafted literary first novel."
—Booklist"High As the Horses’ Bridles is a great new American epic, one that spans two hundred years, and takes us cross-country from the streets of New York City, to the beaches of Southern California, to the bluegrass hills of Old Kentucky. Cheshire tackles the biggest questions of all, God, love, and death, and he does it with such style and raw psychological insight. Nothing less than Dostoyevskian."
—Philipp Meyer"From its opening tour de force to its equally extraordinary conclusion, Scott Cheshire’s debut is searing and fierce. His protagonist, Josiah Laudermilk, provides a rare bridge from our familiar everyday to the strange, rich territory of Evangelical Christianity -- and back again. Josiah’s – and Cheshire’s – brilliant evocations make the whole world new. This novel is truly memorable."
—Claire Messud"So many things at once, High as the Horses' Bridles is the heartbreaking story of a family, of a marriage, of the undying affection between a father and his son, and the redemptive power of love. It also happens to be a deep look at one of the more unsettling aspects of our national character--religion as desire. This is a rare and beautiful debut that will have readers thinking of Aleksandar Hemon, of E.L Doctorow, of Don DeLillo."
—Colum McCann "Scott Cheshire has made the insane choice to write with nuance and intelligence about religion. High As The Horses' Bridles refuses to dismiss or lampoon the kind of people who are usually just fodder for comedy. Because of this, his debut novel is tender and enlightening, riveting and raw. The man can write but, just as importantly, he keeps his eye on the humane just as surely as the divine."
—Victor LaValle"The prophets of High as the Horses’ Bridles live struggling in anticipation of the Apocalypse they think they want and struggling in denial of the one they already have. In a three-book bible, written to profound and devastating purpose, Scott Cheshire counts the cost in love of inviting the end of the world."
—Chris Adrian"In High as the Horses' Bridles, Scott Cheshire explores with poignancy the lasting generational impact of both faith and fanaticism."
—Saïd Sayrafiezadeh "High as Horses' Bridles is a book of revelation, in every sense suffused with biblical allusion. It reveals the hidden histories that shape our lives."