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An Event with Shannon Pufahl


14 NOVEMBER 2019 - 7:00 PM / TALK & SIGNING
Shannon Pufahl - On Swift Horses
A lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West.

Muriel is newly married and restless, transplanted from her rural Kansas hometown to life in a dusty bungalow in San Diego. The air is rich with the tang of salt and citrus, but the limits of her new life seem to be closing in: She misses her freethinking mother, dead before Muriel's nineteenth birthday, and her sly, itinerant brother-in-law, Julius, who made the world feel bigger than she had imagined. And so she begins slipping off to the Del Mar racetrack to bet and eavesdrop, learning the language of horses and risk. Meanwhile, Julius is testing his fate in Las Vegas, working at a local casino where tourists watch atomic tests from the roof, and falling in love with Henry, a young card cheat. When Henry is eventually discovered and run out of town, Julius takes off to search for him in the plazas and dives of Tijuana, trading one city of dangerous illusions and indiscretions for another.

On Swift Horses is a debut of astonishing power: a story of love and luck, of two people trying to find their place in a country that is coming apart even as it promises them everything.

On Swift Horses has been named a Most Anticipated Book of Fall by Parade, O Magazine, Nylon, Bustle, BookRiot, and more. Rakestraw Books is excited to invite you to an event with debut novelist Shannon Pufahl on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at 7 PM as we celebrate the publication of On Swift Horses. Reservations are essential for this special event. Make yours by calling (925) 837-7337.


Event date: 

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
On Swift Horses: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525538110
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019