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Catherine Petroski (1939 - ) was born in St Louis and educated at the University of Illinois. She has taught both literature and writing. She is not a prolific author, but amongst her books are two which feature horses, Beautiful my Mane in the Wind, and The Summer That Lasted Forever.


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Links and sources

Catherine Petroski on Wikipedia

Terri Wear: Horse Stories: An Annotated Bibliography

Bibliography - horse books only

Beautiful my Mane in the Wind

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1983, 31 pp, paintings by Robert Andrew Parker



A girl imagines that she is a horse so that she can escape her loneliness, and the frustrations of

everyday life.

The Summer that Lasted Forever

Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1984, 156 pp.



Molly’s mother has died: Molly still thinks about her all the time, and she talks to her too.
However, when Molly’s horse has to be sold because Molly’s outgrown her, and an accident at
the mine her father works at is blamed on Molly’s favourite mule, Molly starts to learn to cope with
events on her own.



Catherine Petroski