falling from horse

Falling From Horses by Molly Gloss; 2014; $25.00; 330 pages; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, MA; 978-0-544-27929-2; Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach; 11/26/14-12/4/14

This is the story of Bud Frazier from Eastern Oregon who takes a bus ride to California to break into movies as a cowboy.  Along the way he meets a young woman who goes on to become a legendary screen writer.  They become life long friends but never break out of the friend zone for several reasons which are articulated.  The story is told from Bud’s point of view and we learn what leads him to move to Hollywood and how he goes on to become an artist after his year in movies.  He tells of his upbringing in Eastern Oregon and his family, the good times and the tragedies.


Did I enjoy it?  Yes, Molly Gloss has a knack for creating characters that it is easy and rewarding to invest in.  She writes of a time that not many of us know the backstage working of and brings it to life.

What is with the title of the review?  As I was reading the story certain elements of Bud’s life seemed somewhat familiar.  As I read further I found out that he is the son of the main character in Molly Gloss’ book The Heart of Horses.  It was fun to find out what had happened to Martha and Henry.