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On Swift Horses (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Take the beautiful, dense writing of one of my favorite authors, Mark Helprin. Add the complex characters of an Ann Patchett or Richard Russo novel. Put them in diverse places: rural Kansas, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Mexico. Have them gamble in casinos and on horse races. Mix in some deception and secrets and fill them with longing. On Swift Horses, a debut novel by Shannon Pufahl, may just be my favorite book of the year. The bar has certainly been set high.

— Mamie

November 2019 Indie Next List


“This densely atmospheric debut sinks its hooks deep into post-war America’s tender underbelly, exposing the homophobia and bigotry beneath a nation’s renewed spirit of hope and opportunity. Muriel and Julius are restless outsiders, siblings-in-law who share a passion for gambling as well as their more furtive passion. Both are trying to make their own opportunities to find love and happiness—a gamble that one will unexpectedly win and one will just as unexpectedly lose. An immersive and rewarding first novel.”
— Karen Brissette, Shakespeare & Co., New York, NY

Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List


“At its most basic, On Swift Horses is the story of two people, Julius and Muriel, connected by time and circumstance only to orbit each other throughout most of the book. On a deeper level, Pufahl has created a powerful depiction of the American West after WWII and explores the ways in which men and women existed in the margins of society. I was gutted by this novel and will return to it again and again.”
— Kristin Rasmussen, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432872861
ISBN-10: 1432872869
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: February 26th, 2020
Pages: 529
Language: English