A Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healey

By Trebor Healey

Award-winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco within the Nineteen Eighties and '90s in poetic prose that's either ribald and poignant, and a crossing into the yank West that's dreamy, mythic, and visionary.

When afflicted twenty-one-year-old Seamus Blake meets the robust and self-possessed Jimmy (just arrived in San Francisco by way of bicycle from his place of birth in Buffalo, New York), he feels his lifestyles could eventually be taking a flip for the higher. however the resulting romance proves short-lived as Jimmy dies of an AIDS-related disease. The grieving Seamus is obliged to maintain a promise to Jimmy: "Take me again the best way I came."

And so Seamus units out by way of bicycle on a picaresque trip with the ashes, hoping to deliver them again to Buffalo. He meets truck drivers, waitresses, collage young children, farmers, ranchers, Marines, and different travelers--each one giving him a brand new standpoint on his personal lifestyles and on Jimmy's demise. while he meets and turns into concerned with a tender local American guy whose mom has lately died, Seamus's grief and his tale develop into common and redemptive.

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Nor figures stood with They stood beside the shops of on the sidewalks in three-legged chairs, and there were black hillcurves above the road and the sky was virtually starless; the white road-dots jerked by, and you drove down steep dirt at the side of the road. baskets and curios; they sat hills where stretches of dingy yellow families lights were standing outside their homes waited to entrap you, and in the hot night; you saw odd long sweeps of white house-wall; you saw a very young pregnant 27 girl THIRTEEN STORIES AND THIRTEEN EPITAPHS woman pushing a baby can-iage, whose end glowed in the darkness.

Where the ocean . kept coming in and coining just and black in, dolphin-fins slid out from under the water sometimes and the dolphins started playing and whistling four in Los Angeles and hills to see me and on the them as remembered them doing when I my mother at the research station started leaping and jumping grassy hill-shadows; so here in the dolphins were Spanish still as planes flew pieces of some me took Long Beach a quarter-century later overhead and long low tankers in English and sat like the jigsaw coastal horizon.

Traversed the Painted Desert with and yellow; you stopped its many at all the diners distances of blue and grey you could, so proud darkskinned waitresses in their silver-adorned black hair that fell as to look at the belts, loose or braided to their waists, hurray! you red chiles and green chiles; they tossed their with their They brought heads in a glitter turquoise earrings. Their Spanish accents were sweet to your ears. they served you, you pretended that you were and foggy tried to as it so often drum up is in home and it of As was sunny it was that time when you Queen so you brought Martin Handcuff Queen poured you wine and San Francisco, as business for the Handcuff to her beauty parlor and the hung down over his forehead like a wet braided root, and when "You Only Live Twice" came on, she hummed along and said, oh!

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