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In a new novel from the bestselling 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 for 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. 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, horses, hope, and heartbreak, narrated by one of the most winning narrators ever to walk off the page.

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  • “I read Falling from Horses in two gulps. The writing is gorgeous, the setting so beautifully realized [in] both time and place, the narrative voice unforgettable, and all the characters so real and compelling. Tremendous, page-turning….I could not have loved it more.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club

  • “The story of a boy growing up into a man by way of ambition, adventure, catastrophe, love, and grief. A beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood.”

    Ursula K. Le Guin, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning author

  • “Gloss strips away any romantic notions of ranching life or moviemaking with detailed descriptions of long days of work and the tricks used on horses in the cowboy flicks. Bud is a marvelous narrator—direct, self-effacing, and descriptive, looking back with some bemusement at the brashness of his nineteen-year-old self. The emotions stirred by his tale are as honest as a hard day’s work during a roundup. The novel is sturdy in its simplicity, a send-up of the cowboy myth that replaces it with something more valuable—a cowboy with heart.”

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  • “Gloss presents moviemaking as anything but glamorous in this fictional memoir..Bud’s experiences on movie sets—the novel is brimming with instances of brutality to horses and their riders—made him realize Hollywood was not for him, and he moved on. Don’t expect a neatly structured plot, but the acute sense of time and place, coupled with a cast of characters drawn with unsentimental but abiding affection, makes for a hypnotic read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator David Aaron Baker is perfect as Bud Frazer…Baker’s voice holds just enough grit to portray the tough young man who endures fall after fall from horses running at full speed as well as projecting an endearing vulnerability that makes the listener engage with the character. Baker is exceptionally convincing with the voices of the women in Bud’s life—from his screenwriter friend, Lily, to his incredibly strong mother. Baker has the gift of disappearing from the narration as he reads the dialogue and vivid descriptions of injuries and deaths, the fascinating history of how the old Hollywood Western movies were made, and the personal tragedies that led Bud to choose this fascinating and painful career. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Molly Gloss is the bestselling author The Hearts of Horses, The Jump-Off Creek, winner of both the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award, The Dazzle of Day, winner of the PEN Center West Fiction Prize, and Wild Life, winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award.