Moving On

Moving On

by Larry McMurtry
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Moving On by Larry McMurtry

With a riotously colorful cast of highbrows, cowpokes, and rodeo queens, in its wry humor, tenderness, and epic panorama, Moving On is a celebration of our land by Larry McMurtry, one of America’s best-loved authors.

Moving On is a big, powerful novel about men and women in the American West. Set in the 1960s against the backdrop of the honky-tonk glamour of the rodeo and the desperation of suburban Houston, it is the story of the restless and lovable Patsy Carpenter, one of Larry McMurtry’s most unforgettable characters.

Patsy—young, beautiful, with a sharp tongue and an irresistible charm—and her shiftless husband, Jim, are adrift in the West. Patsy moves through affairs of the heart like small towns—there’s Pete, the rodeo clown, and Hank, the graduate student, and others—always in search of the life that seems ever receding around the next bend. Moving On is vintage McMurtry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439128923
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 800
Sales rank: 240,751
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.


Archer City, Texas

Date of Birth:

June 3, 1936

Place of Birth:

Wichita Falls, Texas


B.A., North Texas State University, 1958; M.A., Rice University, 1960. Also studied at Stanford University.

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Moving On 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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gqb01 More than 1 year ago
I've read this book many times in the last 35 or so years. Emma, the daughter in Terms of Endearment is Patsy's best friend. The movie did not do Patsy justice.
MaggieLynch More than 1 year ago
Patsy, wife of Jim and darling of the book, cries...a lot. In the foreword McMurtry apologizes to the women of the world whom he offended by writing a female character who cries so darn much by saying it was his experience in life that the women around him cried quite a bit. In the opening scene Patsy is eating a melted Hershey's bar and watching the sunset. Jim is a good man, but a bit bumbling. Both are likable enough, both struggle in their relationship. They are rich kids following rodeo and living modestly because Jim has decided to make a book of rodeo photos. They travel around in Texas, Arizona, etc. He tires of it as he tires of most occupations and returns to college to work on his Masters Degree in English. He had attempted a novel not long before he took up photography. The characters they encounter throughout are bawdy and full of bravado like champion bullrider Sonny Shanks, a man full of ego and hopped up on speed or something similar. He's dating a cattle ranch queen from Texas. Boots, a young barrel racer is with Pete a rodeo clown. Patsy and Jim end up facing hippies out in California after Patsy's sister falls in with an interesting crowd. There is so much within the book, I treasure it. I've read it once a year for the past nine years and haven't become disenchanted yet.