This story originally appeared in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine in July 2002. It’s been reprinted several times since, but now will be archived indefinitely at Clarkesworld. You can read it HERE
The story of a boy growing up into a man by way of ambition, adventure, catastrophe, love, and grief. A Western about cowboys and horses, and how Hollywood made Westerns about cowboys and horses, and what happens when the real thing and the fake collide. A beautiful, moving novel, cut from the American heartwood.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I read Falling from Horses in two gulps. The writing is gorgeous, the setting so beautifully realized, 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, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and The Jane Austen Book Club