Red Pony, The
by John Steinbeck (1933)
A slight but contemplative foray into the life of a goodhearted farmboy who more than anything wants a horse of his own. These four vignettes show different stages of his boyhood, where he experiences events that will leave a lasting impact. The book works more as a collection of short stories that is connected by characters and a linking strand of melancholy and nostalgia. The prose is pretty and the characters and dialogue are authentic. It’s a nice diversion that could serve as a worthwhile palate cleanser between heavier reads.