On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl
On Swift Horses is a story brimming with love, luck, and power, as it follows San Diego transplant Muriel, who finds herself deeply homesick for her rural Kansas hometown and her brother-in-law Julius. Her desperation leads her to the Del Mar racetrack and a passion for betting and horses. Meanwhile, Julius is facing issues of his own in Las Vegas when he falls in love with Henry, a card cheat, and they get run out of town. Pufahl's story bounces back and forth between Muriel and Julius, presenting us with a compelling portrait of two people struggling to find their place in the world.