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The Key to the Quarter Pole 

Louisa Ferncliff is a fixer. She fixes horses with scrambled eggs for brains and counsels the lost little people on the backstretch of the racetrack. But her own life is a mess of impulsive decisions. Now, as she limps towards retirement with a quirky horse and an unethical protégé, she gets a surprising second chance at happiness.


Named “Best Unpublished Novel”

by Richmond Magazine

and James River Writers

Available from:

Praise for The Key to the Quarter Pole


“Prepare yourself to be swept into the colorful tapestry of life on the backstretch.”

                                  – Polly Bance, joint-MFH, Deep Run Hunt Club

“…authentic…Williams allows her readers to become racetrack insiders, giving them a

fascinating tour deep into the workings of the Sport of Kings.”

                                 – D. G. Van Clief, former chairman, the Virginia Racing Commission


“A galloping good read! Fast horses and fascinating characters.”

                                 – Leeanne Ladin, author of Secretariat’s Meadow


“…Louisa Ferncliff…leaps off the page and follows you around when you try to put the book

down, which is impossible…”

                                 – Patrick Smithwick, author of Racing My Father


“Better than a day at the races…I fell in love with Louisa Ferncliff!”

                                 – Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive!


“The language is gorgeous…Louisa Ferncliff is an original.”

                                 – Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This


“[Williams] has a very Anne Tyler way with characters.”

                                 – Tracy Dunham, author of Murder on the Mattaponi


“All the color and the character of racing leaps off each page.”

                                 – Sean Clancy, Eclipse Award Winner


“Always a winner! Come along for the ride!”

                                 – Rita Mae Brown, mystery writer and author of the Sister Jane foxhunting series

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Robin's books are available online from the publisher, Dementi Books, and at Book People in Richmond and other independent book stores throughout Virginia.
See also Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.

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