Shannon Pufahl: On Swift Horses (w/ Camille Perri)
Tuesday November 12: 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
On the 2nd floor, Shannon Pufahl will be discussing her new book, On Swift Horses which tells the story of a lonely newlywed and her wayward brother-in-law as they follow divergent and dangerous paths through the postwar American West. Shannon Pufahl will be interviewed by fellow writer Camille Perri.
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.
Shannon Pufahl grew up in rural Kansas. She teaches at Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction. Her essays, on topics ranging from eighteenth-century America to her childhood, have appeared in The Threepenny Review and elsewhere. She lives in Monterey, CA, with her wife and their dog.
Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy. She has worked as a books editor for Cosmopolitan and Esquire. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, where she majored in English and Gender & Sexuality Studies, and a Masters of Library Science degree from Queens College. Perri lives in Brooklyn with her partner.