Books by Molly Gloss

Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Don't expect a neatly structured plot, but the acute sense of time and place, coupled with a cast of characters drawn with unsentimental but abiding affection, makes for a hypnotic read."
Gloss (The Hearts of Horses, 2007, etc.) presents moviemaking as anything but glamorous in this fictional memoir by an aging artist recalling his year as a movie extra/stuntman in 1938 Hollywood. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Despite the sometimes wrenching shifts in narrative point of view, Gloss (Wild Life, 2000, etc.) offers an acutely observed, often lyrical portrayal that mirrors our own era and, title notwithstanding, has as much to say about people as about horses."
As America commits fully to World War I, a lady horse whisperer likewise resolves to succeed. Read full book review >
WILD LIFE by Molly Gloss
Released: June 8, 2000

"Never has there been a more authentic, persuasive, or moving evocation of this elusive legend: a masterpiece."
Cigar-smoking, feminist writer of dime-store adventure novels for women meets Bigfoot in 1905: from the author of The Jump-off Creek (1989) and The Dazzle of Day (1997). Read full book review >
THE DAZZLE OF DAY by Molly Gloss
Released: June 1, 1997

Multigenerational starship yarn, a first science fiction venture for the mainstream author of The Jump-Off Creek (1989), etc. After 140 years traveling through space, propelled by its solar sails, Dusty Miller finally draws near a new world. Derived from Esperanto-speaking New World Spanish, English, Norwegian, and Japanese Quakers, the spacefarers have lately been subject to fits of suicidal malaise. The most recent victim is Al Poreda, who, while adjusting the ship's solar sails, cuts open his spacesuit with a knife. His body is retrieved by Juko, whose husband, Bjoro, is heading for New World in an exploratory lander. But the lander crashes, killing two crew members, and Bjoro must be rescued by balloon. Meanwhile, aboard ship, discussion about New World continues: The planet is cold and inhospitable, and some people advocate passing it by to seek out yet another planet. Juko's ex- husband, Humberto, ponders a range of arctic plants that might survive on New World and considers how geothermal power could be harnessed, while others prefer a more naturalistic approach. Bjoro returns changed; he forces himself upon Juko. A plague takes hold aboard ship, some people blaming Bjoro for bringing it back from the planet. Humberto has a stroke. Meetings continue. Life goes on. Either a meticulous, utopian study of character and society whose natural mainstream audience won't relish the sf setting, or an sf adventure unsatisfyingly deficient in incident and up-front problem-solving. Your move. Read full book review >