Lynn Downey

Award Winning Historian and Novelist

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Dudes Rush In

It’s 1952, and restless war widow Phoebe McFarland decides to change her life and leave her home in San Francisco to spend six months on her sister-in-law’s dude ranch in Tribulation, Arizona. But Tribulation soon lives up to its name when secrets from the town’s past collide with a shocking revelation of her own, leading Phoebe down a trail to both discovery and danger.

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American Dude Ranch

The dude ranch is America’s original Western vacation, and in my new book I trace the history and cultural importance of this buckaroo getaway.


Arequipa Sanatorium

2020 WILLA Literary Award for Scholarly NonFiction

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