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On swift horses, Shannon Pufahl

Label
On swift horses
Title
On swift horses
Statement of responsibility
Shannon Pufahl
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Set in 1950's America at a time when people stopped looking west and started looking up: a breathtakingly beautiful debut novel of revolution, chance and the gambles we take with the human heart. Muriel, newly married and newly orphaned, works as a waitress in a San Diego diner. As she pours coffee and empties ashtrays, she eavesdrops on her customers, the ex-jockeys and trainers of the Del Mar racetrack. When she begins, secretly, to bet on the horses and, shockingly, to win, she feels strangely unready to share her good luck and its origins with her husband Lee. Instead it is Lee's brother, Julius, a thief and Korean War veteran - and someone she has only met once - whom she longs to tell, and who has struck a spark of promise and possibility inside her quietly ordered life. Julius has found himself in Las Vegas, where his gift for gambling leads him to a job patrolling the boards above the casino tables, watching through the cigarette smoke for chancers and cheats. There he meets Henry, a blackjack artist and a man who shares Julius's passions, and his secrets. As tourists gather on roof tops to watch atomic clouds bloom in the desert, Henry and Julius's love burns in the shadows - until one night Henry is forced to flee
Summary
A lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Spur Medicine Pipe Bearers Award for Best First Novel, 2020.
  • Spur Awards, Best Western Contemporary Novel, 2020.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10822469
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pufahl, Shannon
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Married women
  • Gay men
  • Wives
  • Gambling
  • Waitresses
  • Man-woman relationships
  • Horse racing
  • West (U.S.)
  • United States
  • West (U.S.)
Target audience
adult
Label
On swift horses, Shannon Pufahl
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066075880
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780008293970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1027826537
Label
On swift horses, Shannon Pufahl
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000066075880
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
306 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780008293970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1027826537

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