Pale Horse, Pale Rider is praised for its harrowing description of the flu epidemic of 1918. For a story that takes place almost a hundred years ago, it’s remarkable for featuring a single, sexually liberated woman who has a promising career as a journalist.
Why Libraries Should Stock 'Pale Horse, Pale Rider'
Reading A Book Is Being In Someone Else's Mind Book recs: The Dew Breaker, by Edwidge Danticat...American Pastoral, by Philip Roth. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan Kundera. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich. Nightwork, by Christine Schutt. The Shawl, by Cynthia Ozick. Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee...
While detailing the influenza outbreak of Denver in 1918, “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” concurrently captures all the waste and horror of the World War I trenches half-a-world away: “No more war,” Porter wrote, “no more plague, only the dazed silence that follows the ceasing of the heavy guns; noiseless houses with the shades drawn, empty streets, the dead cold light of tomorrow. Now there would be time for everything.”