I was NOT disappointed in this beautiful book by Molly Gloss. Perhaps because my uncle was a stuntman in the 1960's, I found this story to be interesting and a beautiful read. Molly writes with precision and dedication to her craft. Obviously, we all have our own tastes as to what is a good read, but I thought this book was wonderful.
Two young people with dreams of work in Hollywood meet on the bus taking them there. Their paths continue to cross, leading to a lifelong friendship. Bud tells the story of his year as a stunt cowboy and so much more.
I enjoyed this book with its great sense of place in Oregon. No wonder it won all those regional book awards.
interesting fun read -- I enjoyed his female character and his ability to empathize with her
I've loved Molly Gloss's other books and was prepared to like this one. What a disappointment! There is too much information about a boring subject: how cowboy movies were made pre-World War II. She describes the process in exhausting detail, and it never gets interesting. The good parts of the book are the chapters about the protagonist's family back in Oregon. THAT would have made an excellent book in itself, and then she could have devoted maybe a chapter to the son who left home to try to get into the movie business. But as it is, unless you have an interest in the main subject of the book, I can't recommend it.
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