Molly Gloss is a fourth-generation Oregonian who lives in Portland. She is the bestselling author of The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, The Hearts of Horses and Falling From Horses. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award; and a Whiting Writers Award.

Molly is available to speak to libraries and organizations, and as the keynote event for Common Reads. Lecture topics have included, among others, the art and craft of writing, the western mythology in American culture, and the roles of women in the literature of the West. Her novels have been selected for Everybody Reads by large cities (Seattle), small cities (Hood River) and rural communities (the Palouse). Contact her to book your next event.


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Falling From Horses, by Molly Gloss

In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood with his sights set on becoming a stunt rider in the movies–and hoping to rub shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth. On the long bus ride south, Bud meets Lily Shaw, a bold, outspoken young woman with her heart set on becoming a screenwriter. The two form an unlikely friendship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood–and as it happens, for the rest of their lives.