Falling From Horses

Falling From Horses

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781628994728
Characteristics: 454 pages ;,23 cm.

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HerNoseInABookGal
Apr 21, 2020

Achingly beautiful story. The kind of book that when it ended I didn’t want it to be over. Hard to believe this is fiction. This historical narrative stories the making of Hollywood Westerns and the trials of stunt men, Cowboy horse trick riders and real ranching in Oregon. The lifelong friendship Bud forms with Lily, an aspiring, driven Hollywood script writer, as he moves through deep grief, over the loss of his little sister is deeply moving. Family, love, horses and cattle ranching are central without being sentimental or gushy.

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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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