Falling From Horses

Falling From Horses

Book Club Kit - 2014 | Book club edition
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"In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer leaves behind the family ranch at Echol Creek and heads to Hollywood for a different kind of horseback riding: he wants to be a stunt rider in the movies. On the bus south, Bud meets Lily Shaw, a young woman who dreams of being a screenwriter. Lily is outspoken, more confident than her small frame and bookish looks seem to allow. The two strike up an unlikely kinship that carries them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood and the rest of their lives beyond. Drawing from the rich setting and beloved characters that made The Hearts of Horses a best-seller, Falling from Horses is a remarkable tale of humans and horses, hope and heartbreak, told by one of the most winning narrators ever to walk off the page."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, ©2015
Edition: Book club edition
ISBN: 9780544484030
0544484037
Branch Call Number: F GLOSS-M
Characteristics: 15 books (330 pages ; 21 cm.) + 1 binder, in bin (27 x 42 x 28 cm.)

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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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