An "impressive debut. . . . in its moving evocation of a place and a people and a way of life at a pivotal point in our history."

Molly Gloss, The Washington Post

"Kickdown is what life sounds like when we give up the search for who we thought we were supposed to be, and begin the search for our own true humanity.”

— Karen Fisher, author of A Sudden Country

"Rebecca Clarren vividly depicts the beauty and the toughness of the American West in this timely, extraordinary debut.” 

—Carter Sickels, author of The Evening Hour, winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award and finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

"Clarren’s great talent. . . is engagement with character. You care about these people and, through caring, you are transformed. A brilliant book.”

— Pauls Toutonghi, author of Evel Knievel Days and Dog, Gone

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Finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction

September, 2018



"Because of aridity, because of 500,000 square miles of federal land, the West is eternal. What changes are its villains and good guys. Rebecca Clarren’s Kickdown is a worthy companion to our best Western novels. Its characters live and breathe, and the land and their work on the land remain at the center of this fine first novel. Most impressive are Clarren's descriptions of the unrelenting work that makes western ranches the most beautiful of man-made landscapes."

— Ed Marston, former publisher, High Country News

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