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"Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year" published July 1, 2011. Keep it locked here, at The Carryover or go to SUNY Press to order your copy ... right now! Or head on down to your favorite bookseller.

Praise for "Six Weeks in Saratoga"

“Going behind the scenes of three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra’s 2009 triumph … O’Meara makes her story gallop and gleam.” — Chronogram

“The [book] is one of enjoyable promise, and as the author recounts little moments and inside conversations, he provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of the figures he covers. The narrative keeps game pace with outside literary standards and features bursts of brilliance, and I found it a refreshing change from the selection of racing-themed volumes available today. As O’Meara brings his subjects to life, you find yourself thinking this is the kind of guy whose work I want to follow.” — Claire Novak, ESPN.com

“O’Meara … provide[s] a tremendous amount of detail from behind the scenes that the reader would not have otherwise enjoyed … Six Weeks is essentially a Rachel book, but it’s told without neglecting the always rich backdrop of a Saratoga meet. That means there’s history, surprises, characters (human and equine), great racing, foggy mornings and sun-splashed afternoons—plenty of material through which O’Meara could exercise his descriptive abilities.” — Schenectady Daily Gazette

“O’Meara fell for a magical place and magnificent horse, which is a lovely malady that often befalls horse people, and with a great deal of heart he tells us how and why. You’ll never forget his Six Weeks in Saratoga, either.” — Joe Drape, author of Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

“Brendan O’Meara tells the story of this proud horse with verve and great historical insight. Six Weeks in Saratoga marks the debut of an exciting new talent.” — Wil Haygood, author of Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson

“Brendan O’Meara’s Six Weeks in Saratoga is a victory to be savored by those who treasure good writing in general and tales of the track in particular. Horses may win races, but they also win hearts as this impressive book proves beyond doubt. A memorable, sure-footed debut.” — Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What a great experience

I came back from my television experience in good shape and noticeably dry ... I didn't sweat at all. This was a concern.

Thanks to Nick Kling and Jeff for giving me such a great platform to talk about the book. They had me on for the first fifteen minutes of the show and they asked me about my characters, how I came up with the idea, and what the experience has been like. It was a lot of fun. Get me talking narrative nonfiction and I'll go on like Cicero.

I ran into somebody down on the concourse who said I "did good." The fear is that you will bumble and stumble. I think I did all right.

Seldom is there such pre-publication action. More seldom is pre-book deal publicity. This can only help the selling of the project. The power is with the proles, as Orwell said in 1984. We're creating a grassroots following.

If you watched, thanks for tuning in and I'll be sure to keep you posted on "6 Weeks in Saratoga."

1 comment:

SaratogaSpa said...

a little late with this, but I saw you on with Nick and Tom on Capital OTB. As they say: "ya did good kid".

looking forward to the book....