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Amos: To Ride a Dead Horse

ISBN: 9780965624701
Binding: Paperback
Author: Stanley Gordan West
Pages: 234
Trim: 5.4 x 8.9 inches
Published: 09/01/2000

A sports legend resides in a nursing home who encounters and unexpected life journey.

West's AMOS is an imposing landscape of human drama and emotion - hear-rendering, timeless, hilarious, stunning, joyful, - an incredible story, a book that rips readers early and late, a novel they don't want to end… a page turner with heart, a joy to read, a treasure to cherish.

Ever so often, indifference and neglect mutate into unmitigated evil and then humanity goes on trial. Rarely, someone stands in the breach and shouts "No" with only courage and dignity as weapons. Amos was a man who thought he's experienced all that life had to offer, when with a capricious turn of fate, he fell through the cracks of society's institutions, in to the merciless cogwheels of human apathy and carelessness. His struggle not only to survive, but, to overcome is a compelling testimony to the inner strength and irrepressible spirit of man. Against devastating odds and arrogant brutality, Amos finds a triumph he never expected.


Stanley Gordon West was born in St. Paul, MN and grew up during the Great Depression and the World War II years. He graduated from Central High School in 1950 and attended Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in history and geology in 1955. He moved from the midwest to Montana in 1964 where he raised a large family. Stanley wrote several novels, including AMOS: To Ride a Dead Horse, which was produced as a CBS Movie of the Week starring Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Montgomery and Dorothy McGuire and was nominated for four Emmys. You Are My Sunshine was his last work before his passing in 2015.


"West has penned an unusual, well-written novel...The book features some marvelous descriptive passages that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned. The skillful plotting and the warm human relationships make it exciting, first-rate reading." - Minneapolis Star Tribune