Publication Day: Blind Your Ponies by Stanley Gordon West

Today is the official publication date for Stanley Gordon West’s beloved BLIND YOUR PONIES. Originally a self-published book that sold over 40,000 copies, we’re delighted to be publishing this novel for scores of new readers. See below for all the great buzz from pre-pub media and booksellers, and to read an exclusive excerpt.

“Worthy of a place in Montaniana alongside Ivan Doig and Deirdre McNamer, this is a modest tale, elegantly written.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A fervent feel-good fairy tale of a novel.”–Booklist

“An uplifting story about the triumph of human decency.”–Publishers Weekly

“Stanley Gordon West is, simply put, a fantastic storyteller. We have sold hundreds of his books to people young and old. Blind Your Ponies is a great story mixed with interesting history.”–Sue Zumberge, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN

“The story is triumphant but never schmaltzy, preachy, or satisfied with the cheap heartstring tug; the writing is pure and beautiful.” —Valerie Ryan, Cannon Beach Book Company, Cannon Beach, OR

“The feel-good novel of the year! This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat and bring a smile to your face for days.” —Hillary Vonckx, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

“I’m excited that Algonquin is bringing this wonderful story to the rest of the bookselling world.” –Barbara Theroux, Fact or Fiction, Missoula, MT

–Katie Ford, Assistant Marketing Manager

3 Comments On This Post:

January 28, 2011
1:40 pm
Cesar M. Gilliam says...

Or as one reviewer has referred to it Hamlet meets Huck Finn. It probably doesnt help that Ive already read one modern retelling of Hamlet this year and it was a LOT better or that Jane Smileys A Thousand Acres a retelling of King Lear is one of my most-hated books ever. I am defying everyone who has loved this book which is evidently pretty much all the reviewers and the majority of the American book-buying public when I say Skip it. If youre looking for Shakespeare retellings try Lin Engers which is the other Hamlet book I read this year .

February 28, 2011
12:49 pm
Katie Gnauck says...

The best book I’ve read in years….characters you don’t want to lose, and suspense to the end. Thanks!

November 1, 2015
7:59 pm
Laurie Berg-Shaner says...

Just finished this book, and really enjoyed it! I wanted to note, though, that the name of Seeley-Swan school is misspelled, in case you want to correct it in future printings. (Yes, I’m from MT and a copy editor by profession!)

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