In a story of loss and resilience, starting in an eastern Kentucky mining camp during the Great Depression, 4 year-old Nora Faye Houston is abandoned by her mother Irene. Her daddy James, who works in the company store, married Irene months before Nora Faye was born and is the only father she has kwn. Sheltered from rumors concerning her true paternity she is nurtured by James and his mother Rose, and, later, her step-mother Virginia, who deal with their own past and present ordeals, raising the question: how is it that some survive their losses in one piece while others are shattered beyond repair? There are magic answers in HORSES CAN SEE IN THE DARK, but you will witness Nora Faye, starting in the 1930s, and her grandmother, two generations earlier, learning to take the solace offered by a land and a people sometimes considered foreboding, as they struggle to deal with their losses in a way that they come out whole.
MARIETTA BALL grew up in the coal mining communities of Jenkins and Thornton in Kentucky's Letcher County. Though she has lived in Xenia, Ohio for more than half a century, she sets much of her fiction and poetry in the coal mining regions of her eastern Kentucky upbringing. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Coal: A Poetry Anthology, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, and M Magazine, among other publications, and her poetry has been featured by Conrad Balliet on Conrad's Corner, a daily poetry reading spot on WYSO-radio out of Yellow Springs, Ohio