In the mid-1950s, America was flush with prosperity and saw
an unbroken line of progress clear to the horizon, while the West was still
very much wild. In this ambitious, incandescent debut, Malcolm Brooks animates
that time and untamed landscape in a tale of the modern and the ancient, of
love and fate, and of heritage threatened by progress.
Catherine Lemay is a young archaeologist on her way to
Montana with a huge task before her—a canyon “as deep as the devil’s own
appetites.” Working ahead of a major dam project, she has one summer to prove that nothing of historical value will be lost in the flood. From the moment she
arrives, nothing is familiar—the vastness of the canyon itself mocks the
contained, artifact-rich digs in post-Blitz London where she cut her teeth. And
then there’s John H, a former mustanger and veteran of the US Army’s last
mounted cavalry campaign, living a fugitive life in the canyon. John H inspires
Catherine to see beauty in the stark landscape, and her heart opens to more
than just the vanished past.
Painted Horses sends a dauntless young
woman on a heroic quest, sings a love song to the horseman’s vanishing way of
life, and reminds us that love and ambition, tradition and the future, often
make strange bedfellows. It establishes Malcolm Brooks as an extraordinary new
talent. Download and start listening now!