High as the Horses’ Bridles by Scott Cheshire

High as the Horses’ Bridles by Scott CheshireHigh as the Horses' Bridles by Scott Cheshire
Published by Henry Holt and Company on 7/8/2014
Source: Publisher
Pages: 320
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At the age of twelve, Josiah Laudermilk testifies in front of his massive congregation in Queens, New York with the untempered belief that the apocalypse will come in the year 2000. Years later, with the apocalypse prediction behind him, recently divorced Josiah leaves his home in California to care for his father who has started to unravel after his mother’s death.

High as the Horses’ Bridles circles around faith, both its presence and absence, particularly in the face of illness and death. Despite the delicate subject, Cheshire writes with such respect that his commentary can be read, examined and appreciated from nearly any viewpoint. But that’s not to say he handles anything with kid gloves, rather he chooses to write with a focus on depth and reality over searing critique.

“What I wanted to say was, Dad, you got it all wrong. Death is not a home. Cancer is not a reward. When it comes knocking on your door, you should run. And if you don’t run because for some reason you don’t know better, you should be taken up and protected.”

At the end of the novel, Cheshire jumps to nineteenth century Kentucky in a brave move that will likely throw off some readers, but serves as a fascinating bookend to the novel’s fiery opening. For those interested in exploring the risks of faith through story, High as the Horses’ Bridles is a book that readers will want to dig into, turn over and discuss at length.

  • I just finished reading this last night! I really enjoyed it, although the switch at the end did throw me off a bit. It was so unexpected, but I thought it worked well.

    • I remembered reading something about Kentucky before I picked it up, so I kept waiting for it to be in there…I didn’t expect it be quite like it was, though!

  • I got this book last week, but haven’t started it yet. It sounds really interesting and that switch at the end does sound a bit odd, but from what you’ve written about it – I’m definitely even more excited to read it now.

  • Kerry M

    Exploring the risks of faith through story sounds fascinating–and right up my alley. Would love to give this a try… especially since I have started 3 books in the last 24 hours and gotten no further than 50 pages into any of them, so I need something to kick me out of what is threatening to become a slump.

  • This sounds pretty amazing. I’m always up for books that tackle faith.

    • Me too! I liked that this was questioning without necessarily being critical…it was very interesting in the way it approached things.

  • This one is on my Wish List. Cannot believe our local library doesn’t have it in their sights yet!

  • How did i not know about this book? It is so up my alley, i must read it. I love anything that tackles questions of faith.