Boleto by Alyson Hagy


16 Critic Reviews

Plot lags behind character, but Hagy reads horses and people so well you won’t mind…so much.


An unforgettable story of men and horses, the American West, and the dream of a ticket out
* A May 2012 Indie Next Pick *

Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. Money is tight at the family ranch, where he's living again after a disastrous end to his job on the Texas show-horse circuit. He sees his chance with a beautiful quarter horse, a filly that might earn him a reputation, and spends his savings to buy her.

Armed with stories and the confidence of youth, he devotes himself to her training -- first, in the familiar barns and corrals of home, then on a guest ranch in the rugged Absaroka mountains, and, in the final trial, on the glittering, treacherous polo fields of southern California.

With Boleto, Alyson Hagy delivers a masterfully told, exquisitely observed novel about our intimate relationships with animals and money, against the backdrop of a new West that is changing forever.


About Alyson Hagy

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Alyson Hagy is the author of Ghosts of Wyoming and Snow, Ashes. Ghosts of Wyoming won the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Published May 8, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 272 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 1


Apr 15 2012

Plot lags behind character, but Hagy reads horses and people so well you won’t mind…so much.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Bruce Macheart on Jun 15 2012

Hagy puts a lot of stories in play, slowing and cluttering the drama.

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Publishers Weekly

Feb 20 2012

...Hagy is fast becoming a recognizable author of the American West.

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WSJ online

Reviewed by Sam Sacks on May 18 2012

"Boleto" doesn't take many chances, but this final discovery is surprisingly touching and bittersweet.

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Star Tribune

Reviewed by Patricia Hagen on May 27 2012

"Boleto" is a quiet novel, but one that reverberates like a stone thrown into a deep, still mountain lake.

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The Washington Post

Reviewed by Molly Gloss on May 28 2012

In her gift for the language of horses, as in the beauty of her prose, Hagy will inevitably recall Annie Proulx, Kent ­Haruf and Cormac McCarthy.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Reviewed by Fred Haefele

Instead, Hagy has infused it with the kind of depth, beauty and insight that makes it truly unforgettable.

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Dallas News

Reviewed by Jenny Shank on Jun 01 2012

Hagy writes with great authority about her array of authentic characters, who speak in crisp dialogue and waste no words.

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City Book Review

Reviewed by Margo Littell on May 10 2012

This quiet yet powerful novel doesn’t disappoint.

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Deseret News

Reviewed by Christine Rappleye on May 26 2012

...a unique story in Hagy's detailed and precise descriptions of the life of a young horse trainer trying to find his niche.

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Chicago Tribune

Reviewed by Conan Putnam on May 18 2012

Boleto is not a page-turner in the traditional sense, but the patient reader who takes time to savor Hagy's abundant storytelling gifts will be rewarded.

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Kansas City Public Library

Reviewed by Melissa Carle on Jun 22 2012

If you have any time this summer and you need to escape to a different space in your head, Alyson Hagy’s Boleto is a very good place to visit.

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Billings Gazette

Reviewed by M. Miller on Apr 29 2012

With “Boleto,” Hagy takes her place in that elite group of authors who have mastered both short and long fiction.

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Little Village

Reviewed by Adam Segal on Jun 12 2012

Boleto boasts great characters, but the quality of the prose is what really defines the book.

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USA Characters Approved Blog

Reviewed by Ron Hogan on May 22 2012

Alyson Hagy's prose is expertly lean: every word of dialogue is carefully measured...

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Insatiable Book Sluts

Reviewed by Susie on Jun 22 2012

Hagy used character to make the business of horses interesting...

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