Horseracing in America: A Novel
Sid Gustafson ’76, ’79 DVM
Sleipnir Publishing: 2020
Bozeman novelist and equine veterinarian Sid Gustafson writes what he knows: horses, Montana, and ethical issues in American horseracing. His fourth novel follows a female veterinarian from the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to Upstate New York for a temporary job at a racetrack. Her journey—both philosophical and personal—delves into animal welfare concerns and uncovers family secrets. Gustafson draws from his own experiences to craft his characters, inform his storylines, and shape his settings. While the genre is quite specific, his prose is approachable and often poetic.
A woman’s place
When I started my career at WSU in the fall of 1969, I knew I wanted to be a biologist. My all-girl high school had an excellent science program. I spent the summer of ’69 working at the WSU Extension Center in Puyallup raising house flies and counting bark beetles in entomology.
My assigned advisor was in the zoology department. Apparently, he was pretty famous. His first question to me was, “Are you going into this professionally, or do you plan to get married?” Although I was a pretty timid 18-year-old, I stared at him and … » More …