On Swift Horses (Large Print / Library Binding)

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On the surface, this is a novel centered on gambling: horses, cards, horses again. Below the surface, though, it’s about the ways that we gamble with ourselves—and what’s addictive in that. With sublime dexterity and perfect subtlety, Pufahl explores the pieces of her two characters—a newlywed and her brother-in-law—that they hide, the pieces that they trade and bury, the pieces that become their masks. On Swift Horses is the queer underbelly story of the American West that I didn’t know I was dying for; I’d follow it into its own dance halls and horse races in a heartbeat.

— Afton Montgomery, Adult Frontlist Buyer

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



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