"The writing is so wonderful you keep going, enthralled, never wanting this gorgeous prose to end." -- Bobbie Ann Mason, author of Shiloh
Set in pastoral horse country, the stories chronicle the lives of the Fenton family through the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. At the center of these interconnected stories is Nelle Fenton, a northern debutante who marries into the family and establishes herself as its matriarch.
Through these multi-generational stories, Holladay draws on the folklore and history of her native Virginia and examines the cultural, racial, gender, and economic tensions that pervaded the entire nation. As a result, Horse People considers a particular place and the life of an exceptional woman as indicative of the struggles of the larger community.
A Finalist for the 2007 John Gardner Award for Fiction, and a Finalist in the 2007 Virginia Literary Awards, The Quick-Change Artist is at once whimsical and hard-edged, dizzying in its matter-of-fact delivery of the fantastic. A work of fiction, the book includes real-life historical figures such as photographer Edyth Beveridge, veterinarian Polk Miller, and their friend, the adventurer John Cussons (1838-1912), who emigrated from England and shaped the village of Glen Allen, Virginia with the creation of Forest Lodge, a landmark hotel that dominated the life of the community.