Falling from Horses (Hardcover)

By Molly Gloss

Houghton Mifflin, 9780544279292, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

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“Falling from Horses is the story of a young man, a young woman, and a young Hollywood set against the memories of growing up in eastern Oregon, among the horses, cattle, and hard work it takes to live there. Bud, the son of ranchers, buys a bus ticket to Hollywood to be a rider in cowboy movies. On the way he meets Lily Shaw, a sassy screenwriter, and their lives become intertwined with the telling of what led him to leave home. Brutal and beautiful, Falling from Horses is filled with stunning descriptions of the world of early movie making and the landscapes that shape us.”
— Rene Kirkpatrick, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
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In a new novel from the best-selling author of The Hearts of Horses and The Jump-Off Creek, a young ranch hand escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider. In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood. His little sister has been gone a couple of years now, his parents are finding ranch work and comfort for their loss where they can, but for Bud, Echol Creek, where he grew up and first learned to ride, is a place he can no longer call home. So he sets his sights on becoming a stunt rider in the movies -- and rubbing shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth.

On the long bus ride south, Bud meets a young woman who also harbors dreams of making it in the movies, though not as a starlet but as a writer, a real writer. Lily Shaw is bold and outspoken, confident in ways out of proportion with her small frame and bookish looks. But the two strike up an unlikely kinship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood -- and, as it happens, for the rest of their lives.

Acutely observed, Falling from Horses charts what was to be a glittering year in the movie business through the wide eyes and lofty dreams of two people trying to make their mark on the world, or at least make their way in it. Molly Gloss weaves a remarkable tale of humans and horses, hope and heartbreak, narrated by one of the most winning narrators ever to walk off the page.

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