Death and Drama in the World of Driving
: New Novel
Centers on Carriages and Driving
Foxboro, MA July 28, 2003The world of carriages and
driving take center stage in The Fifth Wheel, a suspenseful
new novel written by Barbara Weir, one of the founders of the American
Driving Society (ADS).
at the annual outing of the American Carriage Society,
the novel focuses on the mysterious death of an influential patron
of equestrian sports, whose years of driving experience dont
save him and his four-in-hand team from plunging off a cliff.
by Xlibris Corporation, the novel is replete with references to
the world of driving including detailed explanations of how carriages
are built and work, their history and even tangential subplots involving
show jumping and Olympic team selection. It provides a comfortable
and familiar setting to those involved in driving and an easy-to-understand
introduction to equestrian sports most pristine discipline
to the previously uninitiatedall within a tale of drama, suspense
and Mozarts chamber music.
someone who has spent my adult life involved in horses and driving,
Ive long wanted to bring our sport to more people, said
Weir, a former president of the American Tandem Club and a long-time
American Driving Society-recognized judge. I thought bringing
driving to new audiences through a novel that could be enjoyed by
everybody was probably the best way to accomplish this.
Barbara Weir, a resident of rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey,
recently retired and sold her New York City business, All-Tame Animals,
Inc., which provides animals for the media in general and the Metropolitan
Opera in particular. She has directed plays and musicals for Community
Theater at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, New Jersey and
has spent many years judging and driving her Tandem of grey horses
at competitions in the popular sport of Carriage Driving.
The book sells for $28.50 for hardcover and $19.50 for paperback
(shipping included) and can be purchased by mailing a check, made
out to Weir Consulting, Inc., to The Fifth Wheel, c/o Weir Writing,
477 Byram Kingwood Road, Frenchtown, NJ 08825 or online by going
clicking on search and then typing in The Fifth Wheel.