Sandy and Wayne
Sandy and Wayne, Steve Yates Release Date: January 2016
In Sandy and Wayne, Steve Yates reveals his talents in this gorgeous sweep of prose. Arranging his characters intimately against the vast Ozark Mountains, Yates moves flawlessly between the lives of Sandy Coker and Wayne Sheridan to the road crews reshaping the land. From their harbored ambitions to the secret that threatens to pull their lost hearts apart, this beautifully written novella tells a story of worlds colliding, of truths and consequences, as two people fall in love, reluctant to change with the world around them.
“Sandy and Wayne is tremendous, a taut, tense, magisterial work that has all the concision and sharpness of a great short story, all of the texture and detail of an engrossing novel. The novella is, in my opinion, the hardest fictional form to get right; Steve Yates has proven his mastery of this most gorgeous form.”—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies
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There is nothing like walking behind a thoroughbred filly on a freezing morning, watching that bounding step, those jouncing back pasterns—two pinion-feather-pogo springs, that roll of the big, eager eyes, that steaming breath with every nod of the head. Nothing like it to make a woman wonder, Why? Why these hills, these stars, that fog, these acres, this ready animal, why us, alone? It would make some fine kind of country song, Sandy Coker reflected, key of G, like her late father used to play, with his extra flourish, that ring finger on the B string, three frets up, so that the already pretty chord rang like a bell on a bald. She led her horses to pasture, lingering with Trick of Light, her filly. The animal was strengthening. Very soon she would be in heat. With a hope she distrusted but enjoyed just the same, Sandy ran through her plan of attack to market the filly’s receptive season. Sandy would call her cousin, the vet to half a dozen stables in Hot Springs, and her two friends who were breeders. This might be the year some hungry owner
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Sandy and Wayne release date of January 2016