We love the song A Girl and Her Horse by the band Carbon Leaf. Surfacely, its about . . . well, a girl and her horse. Subdermally, its a metaphor for loss. The same might be said of author Deanne Stillmans new literary nonfiction work Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West. A paean to paradise mislaid? Yes. A lot of other things, too, including a metaphorical indictment of our cultural choices? Yep.
Speaking of metaphors, Mustang returns its author to her overarching symbol: the American desert. Stillmans been appropriately lionized for her instant classic Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave, but her book-length essay Joshua Tree: Desolation Tango is also worth a read.