Falling From Horses

Falling From Horses

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780544279292
0544279298
Characteristics: 330 pages

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AuntJoan
Oct 19, 2015

I was NOT disappointed in this beautiful book by Molly Gloss. Perhaps because my uncle was a stuntman in the 1960's, I found this story to be interesting and a beautiful read. Molly writes with precision and dedication to her craft. Obviously, we all have our own tastes as to what is a good read, but I thought this book was wonderful.

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EmilyEm
Sep 06, 2015

Two young people with dreams of work in Hollywood meet on the bus taking them there. Their paths continue to cross, leading to a lifelong friendship. Bud tells the story of his year as a stunt cowboy and so much more.
I enjoyed this book with its great sense of place in Oregon. No wonder it won all those regional book awards.

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TerryNewberg
Jul 20, 2015

interesting fun read -- I enjoyed his female character and his ability to empathize with her

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miaone
Mar 23, 2015

I've loved Molly Gloss's other books and was prepared to like this one. What a disappointment! There is too much information about a boring subject: how cowboy movies were made pre-World War II. She describes the process in exhausting detail, and it never gets interesting. The good parts of the book are the chapters about the protagonist's family back in Oregon. THAT would have made an excellent book in itself, and then she could have devoted maybe a chapter to the son who left home to try to get into the movie business. But as it is, unless you have an interest in the main subject of the book, I can't recommend it.

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