Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland

Cover of the book titled "Wild Horses of the Summer Sun."

Tory Bilski, coordinator at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies

(Pegasus Books)

Each June, Tory Bilski meets up with fellow women travelers in Reykjavik, from where they head to northern Iceland, near the Greenland Sea. They escape their ordinary lives to temporarily live an extraordinary one at a horse farm perched at the edge of the world.

When they first came to Thingeryar, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepen, they grow old together, and keep each other young. 

These women leave behind the usual troubles at home: affairs, sick parents, troubled teenagers, financial worries — and embrace their desire for adventure. Buoyed by their friendships with each other and their growing attachments and bonds with the horses they ride, the annual experience carries these women through the rest of the year’s trials and travails.

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