"Blame it or praise it, there is no denying the wild horse in us."―Virgina Woolf
Each June, Tory Bilski meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea. They escape their ordinary lives to live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world. If only for a short while. When they first came to Thingeryar, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepens, growing older together and keeping each other young.
Combining the self-discovery of Eat, Pray, Love, the sense of place of Under the Tuscan Sun, and the danger of Wild, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun revels in Tory's quest for the "wild" inside her. These women leave behind the usual troubles at home: illnesses, aging parents, troubled teenagers, financial worries―and embrace their desire for adventure. Buoyed by their friendships with each other and their growing attachments and bonds with the otherworldly horses they ride, the warmth of Thingeyrar's midnight sun carries these women through the rest of the year's trials and travails.
Filled with adventure and fresh humor, as well as an incredible portrait of Iceland and its remarkable equines, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun will enthrall and delight not just horse lovers, but those of us who yearn for a little more wild in everyday life.
Tory Bilski started the blog Icelandica.net in late November 2012 after more than a decade of traveling to Iceland. Recently, she has written for Atlas Obscura, Roads & Kingdoms, Hartford Courant, and Iceland Review. She has had short stories published in The Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review (where it was nominated for a Pushcart), 13th Moon (where it was anthologized), and other literary magazines. She has a B.A. from Oswego State, and a M.A.L.S. from Wesleyan University. She works at Yale University and lives near New Haven, Connecticut, with her family.
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