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From Molly Gloss, the bestselling author of The Hearts of Horses and The Jump-Off Creek, comes Falling from Horses (Houghton Mifflin), an absorbing, elegantly rendered new novel about a young cowboy who escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider in the movies.

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At the turn of the century, in the primeval forest of the Pacific Northwest, a fiery feminist becomes lost. Struggling to survive, night after terrifying night, she is finally rescued by... Bigfoot!? Huh? No, really — this incredible story works. Gloss — laying all the groundwork with such a willful, proud, and imaginative protagonist — makes sure that by the time we have to suspend our disbelief, we are ready for all the hearty metaphors this larger-than-life tale evokes. This book is a great gift for all the wild, woodsy women on your list. For outstanding PNW historical fiction without Yeti, I recommend Gloss's Jump Off Creek.
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Charlotte Bridger Drummond supports her five sons by writing popular fiction. She'd rather be writing Literature, but art doesn't pay the bills. Through her articulate diaries and humorous reports about single motherhood on the shores of the Columbia River circa 1905, we're immediately drawn into her world. Then a girl goes lost in the woods near a Washington logging camp, Charlotte leaves her homestead to join the search party, and the real adventure begins. In telling the story of this forward-thinking author of western romance novels, Molly Gloss serves a page-turning literary adventure, a novel sure to captivate genre readers and academics, alike. Recommended by Dave Weich

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In her highly original new novel, award-winning author Molly Gloss delivers a rare blend of "heady cerebral satisfactions, gorgeous prose, and page-turning adventure" (Karen Joy Fowler). Set among lava sinkholes and logging camps at the fringe of the Northwest frontier in the early 1900s, Wild Life charts the life — both real and imagined — of the free-thinking, cigar-smoking, trouser-wearing Charlotte Bridger Drummond, who supports her five boys by writing popular women?s adventure stories. One day, when a little girl gets lost in the woods, Charlotte anxiously joins the search and embarks on an adventure all her own. With great assurance and skill, Molly Gloss quickly transforms what at first seems "pitch-perfect historical fiction...[into] a kind of wild and woolly mystery story" (Amazon.com), as Charlotte herself becomes lost in the dark and tangled woods and falls into the company of an elusive band of mountain giants. Putting a surprising and revitalizing feminist spin on the classic legend of Tarzan and other wild-man sagas, Gloss takes us from the wilds of the western frontier to the wilds of the human heart. "Never has there been a more authentic, persuasive, or moving evocation of this elusive legend: [Wild Life is] a masterpiece" (Kirkus Reviews).

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"As Molly Gloss's unconventional heroine affirms herself as a feminist, natural historian, mythologist, parent, and adventure-seeker, she reminds us that opportunity exists inside the self as well as outside it." Abby Frucht, The New York Times Book Review

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"Cigar-smoking, feminist writer of dime-store adventure novels for women meets Bigfoot in 1905....Never has there been a more authentic, persuasive, or moving evocation of this elusive legend: a masterpiece." Kirkus Reviews

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"Gloss twines just enough intellectual fiber around the sleek cord of a great adventure story to offer up a truly satisfying read....While Gloss generates heat and humor from the friction between early 20th-century and early 21st-century attitudes, her prose is most satisfying when she describes Charlotte's housekeeper ironing or Charlotte's patient suitor batting a homemade baseball. Deep into the book, Charlotte describes the 'lowbrow scientific romances' she fancies: '[M]y preference is for the writer whose language is gorgeous, whose characters are real as life, and whose stories take my poor little assumptions and give them back to me transformed.' Gloss couldn't have written a better description of her own novel: the writing is gorgeous, the characters real and vivid, and the story transforming." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Written in journal format with occasional sidebars and epigraphs, this novel both entertains and engages the reader. Without moralizing, Gloss explores the deeper meaning of what it really is to be human." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Award-winning author Gloss delivers a blend of cerebral satisfactions and page-turning adventure. Set among logging camps in the Northwest frontier in the early 1900s, she charts the life--both real and imagined--of the cigar-smoking, trouser-wearing Charlotte Bridger Drummond, who supports her boys by writing popular women's adventure stories.

About the Author

Molly Gloss is the author of four novels and numerous short stories, yet she didn?t start writing seriously until she was thirty-five. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Gloss confesses that she has always liked to write but that she "grew up in a period when smart girls were encouraged to be teachers or nurses. Nobody ever told me I could be a writer." After the birth of her son and a rocky adjustment period that yielded what she called a "desperate journal," Gloss enrolled in a writing class taught by Ursula K. Le Guin at Portland State University — an experience she called "life-altering." Her first book, Outside the Gates, was a young adult fantasy that grew out of a short story written for her son. Her second novel, The Jump-Off Creek, was the winner of the Oregon Book Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Fiction and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She then published The Dazzle of Day, a foray into science fiction, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and received the PEN Center U.S.A. West Award for Fiction. Gloss is also the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. Wild Life, her fourth novel, was recently awarded the James Tiptree Award for literary fantasy. Gloss teaches writing and literature of the American West at Portland State University and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Jen Travers, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Jen Travers)
My favorite book of the decade! Wild life was a fun adventure in the PNW forest under the shadow of the angry Loowit (Mt St. Helens).
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Rachel Thompson, May 28, 2007 (view all comments by Rachel Thompson)
Gloss's novel splendidly evokes the dark, haunted nature of the Northwest woods, where, even today, if you squint your eyes and close your ears, one can almost imagine a primeval world, before the advent of man into every corner of the world. This novel is an exploration of that advent, a story of the conflict of modernity and its technology, with the older, more natural world. "Wild Life" is a lament about the conflict, not necessarily a solution to it. However, it still expresses the wild poetry of the lost world, preserving it within its pages for future generations.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618131570
Author:
Gloss, Molly
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
ly Gloss
Author:
Mol
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer life
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Wilderness survival
Subject:
Women pioneers
Subject:
Wild men
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series Volume:
18445
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.12x5.82x.74 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Mariner Books - English 9780618131570 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

At the turn of the century, in the primeval forest of the Pacific Northwest, a fiery feminist becomes lost. Struggling to survive, night after terrifying night, she is finally rescued by... Bigfoot!? Huh? No, really — this incredible story works. Gloss — laying all the groundwork with such a willful, proud, and imaginative protagonist — makes sure that by the time we have to suspend our disbelief, we are ready for all the hearty metaphors this larger-than-life tale evokes. This book is a great gift for all the wild, woodsy women on your list. For outstanding PNW historical fiction without Yeti, I recommend Gloss's Jump Off Creek.

"Review" by , "As Molly Gloss's unconventional heroine affirms herself as a feminist, natural historian, mythologist, parent, and adventure-seeker, she reminds us that opportunity exists inside the self as well as outside it."
"Review" by , "Cigar-smoking, feminist writer of dime-store adventure novels for women meets Bigfoot in 1905....Never has there been a more authentic, persuasive, or moving evocation of this elusive legend: a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Gloss twines just enough intellectual fiber around the sleek cord of a great adventure story to offer up a truly satisfying read....While Gloss generates heat and humor from the friction between early 20th-century and early 21st-century attitudes, her prose is most satisfying when she describes Charlotte's housekeeper ironing or Charlotte's patient suitor batting a homemade baseball. Deep into the book, Charlotte describes the 'lowbrow scientific romances' she fancies: '[M]y preference is for the writer whose language is gorgeous, whose characters are real as life, and whose stories take my poor little assumptions and give them back to me transformed.' Gloss couldn't have written a better description of her own novel: the writing is gorgeous, the characters real and vivid, and the story transforming."
"Review" by , "Written in journal format with occasional sidebars and epigraphs, this novel both entertains and engages the reader. Without moralizing, Gloss explores the deeper meaning of what it really is to be human."
"Synopsis" by , Award-winning author Gloss delivers a blend of cerebral satisfactions and page-turning adventure. Set among logging camps in the Northwest frontier in the early 1900s, she charts the life--both real and imagined--of the cigar-smoking, trouser-wearing Charlotte Bridger Drummond, who supports her boys by writing popular women's adventure stories.
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