Falling from Horses (Large Print / Library Binding)
Gloss writes so vividly that I found myself searching a map of Harney County for places that don't actually exist. Her protagonist, nineteen-year-old Bud Frazer, is no less convincing as he sets out in 1938, determined to become a Hollywood stunt rider. Bud leaves behind his parents, who are attempting to recover from the loss of their ranch and their daughter. The pacing is deliberate, reflecting a time when traveling meant days on the road and healing took longer than anyone expected. Read for the rich prose, the history, and the truths of how grief affects a family.— Karen
November 2014 Indie Next List
“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
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 busy with ranch work and are finding 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.