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By Kevin Chong

ISBN-10: 1553655206

ISBN-13: 9781553655206

Kevin Chong has grand plans. He attracts up a to-do record of significant milestones that might provide him the lifestyles he continually wanted—and the existence that may motivate awe and envy in his pals. such things as settling down and beginning a kinfolk; studying a international language; getting a tattoo. yet those grand plans exit the window whilst Chong makes an unconventional determination: he will purchase a racehorse. now not the complete thing—he'll turn into part—owner of the pony. simply do not ask him which part.

Thus Chong meets Blackie, the racehorse that may win his center, no matter if she does not continuously win at the song. He meets Randi, the cantankerous and foul-mouthed horse coach with a middle of gold. He meets an different array of characters who paintings, stay and drink on the track—and, one after the other, the goods on his to-do checklist are crossed out and changed with horse-related goals. His ambitions are a section extra humble (cussing like a music employee replaces studying a international language), yet his lifestyles has won new meaning.

The tale is infused with the noise, pleasure and light glamour of the horse-racing international. it really is strewn with interesting tidbits in regards to the heritage and culture of this

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Then there are the delinquent owners who fall behind on their bills, people who haunt the backside like fruit flies when their horse is doing well but stop answering her calls the instant their horse is sick or not earning cheques. I watch Randi hauling up and down steps and through creaky gates, cutting across lawns to reach side entrances. “If I didn’t own any horses and had all pay horses and delivered the mail, I’d be making five hundred bucks a day,” she says, almost as though she’s scheming.

Oh, this is not good,” says Nick. ” I say, echoing Nick like a dweebish toddler. Randi shakes her head. ” Translation: a horse that manages to hug the inside fence runs a shorter race than one that runs outside. As we begin to lose sight of the horses behind the tote board, Blackie gathers speed and falls just behind the two favourites, often referred to as “the chalk,” of the race. Even in her red saddle cloth, she’s hard to pick out in the distance. ” “She’s running okay, but she’s going to tire out,” Nick says, snorting ruefully.

This false idea includes arriving fully formed, not anybody’s child. But, of course, I have parents, ones who came from not only another culture and language but a far more alien set of circumstances. My father grew up in Hong Kong, the de facto oldest son of nine siblings after an older brother died as a toddler. His own father, a civil servant in southern China, struggled to find work in the British territory because he couldn’t speak English. For that reason, my grandmother helped support the family by putting together bouquets of paper flowers at home with my aunts; my father once told me she had to work so quickly that she was terrified the bouquets would fall apart when the time came to deliver her handiwork.

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