2021 WINNER of the Los Angeles Book Festival's "Wild Card"
"BLIND PONY is a memoir about overcoming—about
facing up to and learning from one’s past without
being imprisoned by it."
"This is such a compelling memoir... with an easy flow and unique voice that keep you turning the pages. Amongst the dark there is humor and levity. Hart’s memoir is touching, and engaging in a way I cannot describe. "
"Hart's powerful debut, a gritty memoir rife with graphic details of abuse and triumph over it, will break hearts." - Publisher's Weekly
The true story of a runaway teen who escapes incestual sexual abuse only to find herself in predatory Los Angeles in the 1970s.
After years of enduring her grandfather's sexual abuse, 14-year-old Samantha Hart runs away from her Pennsylvania family farm in search of her estranged father in Arizona.
After a troubling reunion, she flees to the promising lights of La-La Land. Desperate to forget the past, she immerses herself in a spectacle of drugs, decadence, and money in Hollywood.
But when a wealthy playboy mistakes her Pittsburgh accent for British, a new spiral of white lies begin, and a new identity is born. Swept to Europe, Samantha floats through champagne parties, sexual adventures, and a whirlwind of international escapades. With a portfolio of nude photos under her arm, she is determined to make something of herself.
Will her young, broken spirit find the strength to persevere, to survive the unsurvivable? Will she transcend the temptation to give up in a world that seems so set against her?
BLIND PONY: AS TRUE A STORY AS I CAN TELL is the tale of one young woman's unwillingness to accept the circumstances life dealt her, and instead, takes the reins to find success beyond her wildest dreams.