Christy Cashman at Harvard Book Store


The Truth About Horses: A Novel

in conversation with JANE SEYMOUR


August 22, 2023
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes CHRISTY CASHMAN—author of The Not-So-Average Monkey of Kilkea Castle and Petri’s Next Things—to discuss her debut Young Adult novel The Truth About Horses. She will be joined in conversation by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress JANE SEYMOUR.

About The Truth About Horses

Fourteen-year-old Reese’s dream of winning the Black Elk race is shattered when her beloved horse, Trusted Treasure, falls at the last jump and the vet suggests they put him down. While still reeling from that loss, her family suffers a second tragedy—one that results in the end of their family business, the sale of Trusted Treasure, and irreparable damage to Reese’s relationship with her father.

Heartbroken and still longing to find Trusted Treasure, Reese meets Wes, a selective mute, whose way of training horses is unlike anything she’s ever seen. If anyone can win the Black Elk, it’s Wes—but he’s struggling with his troubled past, and having a teenage girl hanging around his barn isn’t exactly what he’d planned. Through heartaches and triumphs, Reese must prove her worth if she wants to heal her family, help Wes, and show them all that some dreams are worth fighting for.

A spellbinding tale in which every teenager has magical powers within them just waiting to be discovered, this book will have you laughing and crying—sometimes on the same page—all the while rooting for Reese, the most unlikely of heroes.

Praise for The Truth About Horses

“What an irresistibly readable novel Christy Cashman has written! Her young heroine Reese is an astonishing creation, warmly sympathetic, impulsive, unpredictable, brash, loyal and loving, endearing, exasperating, most of all memorable—a triumphant portrait of tumultuous adolescence in our time. The Truth About Horses plunges us into a beautifully evoked rural world in which horses are both magnificent beasts requiring human love and devotion, and iconic creatures out of mythology.” —Joyce Carol Oates

“From its first gripping pages, this beautifully written, vividly imagined novel had me hooked. Anyone who remembers being a teen, loving horses, or losing a loved one will find deep meaning in this book.” —Sy Montgomery, New York Times best-selling author of How to Be a Good Creature

The Truth About Horses is a fast-moving, emotionally compelling story about friendship, courage, and healing. Christy Cashman knows a lot about girls and horses, and also about loneliness and grief, and she writes with admirable honesty and insight.” —Tom Perrotta, author of Tracy Flick Can’t Win

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Christy Cashman
Christy Cashman

Christy Cashman

Christy Cashman is a mother, author, and an active member of the Boston literary community. She is on the board of directors for the Associates of the Boston Public Library and is the founder of YouthINK, a not-for-profit mentorship program for young artists in the United States and in Ireland. In addition to The Truth About Horses, she has published two children’s books, The Not-So-Average Monkey of Kilkea Castle and Petri’s Next Things. Christy, her husband, their two sons, and three dogs live in Boston and spend time in Ireland and on Cape Cod. She is currently working on her second novel, Beulah, and on her third children’s book, The Cat Named Peanut Shrimp Cookie Fry Muffin Who Lives on Staniel Key.

Jane Seymour
Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour

A multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner, recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. Seymour stars in Harry Wild for Acorn TV as a college professor who cannot quite manage to stay quietly retired to the dismay of her police inspector son. Additional credits include The War with Grandpa, Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, and Wedding Crashers. Additional television credits include the Emmy® Award winning performance in Onassis: The Richest Man in the World as Maria Callas, East of Eden for which she was awarded a Golden Globe®, the mini-series War and Remembrance, The Kominsky Method, and her iconic Golden Globe® winning role as “Dr. Quinn” on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Seymour served as the executive producer of the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me. Seymour has written over a dozen books including The Road Ahead, Among Angels, Open Hearts, Making Yourself at Home, and Remarkable Changes. An accomplished fine artist, her art serves as inspiration for Open Hearts by Jane Seymour®, her signature line of jewelry which reflects her mother’s philosophy that only when you keep your heart open can you best give and receive love.

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