A Horse Named Sorrow Award winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco in the s and s in poetic prose that is both ribald and poignant and a crossing into the American West that is dreamy mythic and vi

  • Title: A Horse Named Sorrow
  • Author: Trebor Healey
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  • Page: 493
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  • Award winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s in poetic prose that is both ribald and poignant, and a crossing into the American West that is dreamy, mythic, and visionary.When troubled 21 year old Seamus Blake meets the strong and self possessed Jimmy just arrived in San Francisco by bicycle from his hometown in Buffalo, New York , heAward winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s in poetic prose that is both ribald and poignant, and a crossing into the American West that is dreamy, mythic, and visionary.When troubled 21 year old Seamus Blake meets the strong and self possessed Jimmy just arrived in San Francisco by bicycle from his hometown in Buffalo, New York , he feels his life may finally be taking a turn for the better.But the ensuing romance proves short lived as Jimmy dies of an AIDS related illness The grieving Seamus is obliged to keep a promise to Jimmy Take me back the way I came And so Seamus sets out by bicycle on a picaresque journey with the ashes, hoping to bring them back to Buffalo He meets truck drivers, waitresses, college kids, farmers, ranchers, Marines, and other travellers each one giving him a new perspective on his own life and on Jimmy s death When he meets and becomes involved with a young Native American man whose mother has recently died, Seamus s grief and his story become universal and redemptive.

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    About “Trebor Healey

    1. Trebor Healey says:

      Recently awarded the 2013 Publishing Triangle Ferro Grumley Fiction Award for A Horse Named Sorrow, Trebor Healey is also the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation s 2013 Duggins Outstanding Mid Career Novelists Prize and a Violet Quill Award for his first novel Through It Came Bright Colors His other work includes a collection of poetry, Sweet Son of Pan, and a short story collection, A Perfect Scar Other Stories, as well as the arguably YA novel, Faun As an editor, he has co edited two anthologies Queer Catholic and Beyond Definition He lives in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires For information, visit treborhealey.

    2 thoughts on “A Horse Named Sorrow

    1. The height of the AIDS epidemic was such a scary time and the loss of a loved one is such a sad thing, I was afraid reading this book would just drown me in misery. Amazingly, it didn't. Healey pulls off the amazing feat of transforming and taming sorrow through art - in this case a prose style that veers between witty and purple. Yes, the story had me crying a few times, but ultimately it's better to let yourself feel the sadness and remember because forgetting turns your heart to stone.

    2. While I started out really liking the language and prose of this novel, it sort of tired me out after a while. There was a lot of repetition about the characters' appearances and bodies, which I normally don't mind in fiction, but it got a little purple-prosey after a bit. I loved the characters, although Seamus grated on me a bit after a while--Jimmy was heartbreaking and Eugene was so unique, I've never read a character quite like him before. The story stalled for me during the last 50 pages o [...]

    3. This is a good one, one part Don Quixote and one part The Odyssey in how it smoothly moves between hilarity and heartbreak. The story of two gay men who meet in San Francisco and become lovers, just as the AIDS crisis ("the acronym" as the author calls it) kicks into high gear. Seamus, the first-person protagonist is sweet, goofy, stumbling and sincere (with a small cynical side for spice), and his quest to return his lover's ashes, by bicycle, to Buffalo shifts the work into a road story.Indeed [...]

    4. Writing about AIDS in a post-apocalypse gay society poses a particular trap for a gay writer, in that by reliving the past he could be accused of ignoring the exigencies of the present, which has its own immediate and pressing problems. The past is dead and buried.Yet there is a distinct danger in forgetting the past, and the sacrifices and hardships endured by those in firing the crucible that shaped our modern gay world. We can never take any form of liberty for granted, for then we will never [...]

    5. Beautifully written, tragic and heroic, this tale is set in the early 1990s of foggy, scary, amazing San Francisco, when you could share an apartment for a few hundred dollars a month, but your neighbor might die before you got to know him.Shamus, aka Shame, is immediately attracted to Jimmy, whose string-adorned bicycle becomes his intro while the two meet on a BART station platform. Their romantic and erotic connection, shortened by Jimmy's death (It's mentioned up front, so that's no spoiler) [...]

    6. To a "lost soul" like Shame his horseboy Jimmy becomes a savior, a savior who dies on the AIDS cross for guilty sinners or survivors like him. In order to help with Jimmy's resurrection, Shame goes on the road carrying Jimmy's ashes, a pilgrimage that leads to understanding his own personal truth by retracing Jimmy's journey home and embracing Eugene's silence. With prose that shifts from the poetic to the mundane, in A Horse Named Sorrow, Trebor Healey creates a vibrant, sexy, deeply emotional [...]

    7. Quite simply the most beautiful and romantic story I've ever read, homosexual or non. And sexy as all hell as well. I wanted to crawl inside of it and never leave. The dense, luscious, and entirely earnest prose has echoes of Baldwin and Burroughs. The journey this book will take you on is otherworldly, spiritual and downright revolutionary. It made me pregnant with its spirit baby, and I could not be happier. Without an ounce of hyperbole, it is a book for the ages.

    8. This is an incredible book. I was amused and charmed. And then I would realize that within the same page, a piece of my heart would break off. Trebor Healey's writing has been called poetic, and I think that's a good description. I highly recommend A Horse Named Sorrow.

    9. I liked this book for a variety of reasonse locations, the characters, the premise. The ending was suspenseful and left me on edge. This is a book to warm your heart and open your mind. A real ride.

    10. Stunning take on the AIDS crisis toward the end. Believable and likeable but seriously flawed characters. One of the best reads of the year.

    11. At times poetic, at times gritty, it’s a great love story beginning in San Francisco in the early Nineties at the height of the AIDS epidemic. Two arcs are beautifully interwoven: Shame and Jimmy brief love story and Shame’s travel through the US with Jimmy's ashes tied to the handlebars of his bike to fulfill a promise made to his lover. A fair share of symbolism, great writing, not even depressing, although I did cry now and then. But I cry sometimes when I discover the story of another pe [...]

    12. I was first introduced to Trebor Healey’s writing through his politically charged and brilliantly eloquent short story “Trunk,” featured in the 2009 Cleis Press anthology Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction. In 2012, Mr. Healey released A Horse Named Sorrow, an exquisitely written and heart-rending story of twenty-one year-old Seamus Blake who meets and falls in love with Jimmy, but their time together is short-lived because Jimmy dies of AIDS-related illness.Part Odyssey, part pilgrimage, the [...]

    13. I liked it. I have to admit I wasn't as engaged as I was with Faun or Through It Came Bright Colors, but I was engaged. I won't go into spoilers, but it concerns a young guy from San Francisco returning his partner's ashes to the latter's home town, cycling across the US! Healey's portrayal of life in San Francisco during the early 90s brought it home to me how sheltered I was from the whole 80s/90s AIDS epidemic. I guess one of the advantages/disadvantages of coming out so late meant that I was [...]

    14. The landscape of contemporary gay male fiction is a barren wasteland punctuated on occasion by works of great imagination and beauty. A Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healy is one such gem. Rich in symbolism and narrative imagery A Horse Named Sorrow is remiscent of the works of one of the masters of this field, Tom Spanbauer. Trebor writes poignantly of the time in the AIDS crisis before anti-retrovirals were available to stave off impending death. Even with this, A Horse Named Sorrow is not a sa [...]

    15. I knew I had to read this book, because of the time and place it is set and my acquaintance with the author way back when (around the time of the book, more or less), but it was hearing the author read that sent me scurrying to the cash register to buy the book immediately. Then I tried to read it slowly, so I could savor the experience, but of course it was too compelling (and charming) and I had to read it all in a rush. Maybe I will just start over and read it again, I think it will reward re [...]

    16. A beautiful and sad story. I really enjoyed this book, it was well written, beautifully told and conveyed a period in recent history in a more tender way than I recall having read before. The story starts in San Francisco during the worst of the AIDS crisis when many were dying on a regular basis, but it takes a turn when the main character heads out on a bike journey to deal with the pain of mourning. It isn't a happy tale, but I found it rather uplifting in the way the main character grows int [...]

    17. This book was simply amazing! I truly enjoyed the story of Seamus and Jimmy and the various other characters who come in and out of their lives. It is a book about love, life, death, and discovering who you are. I love the connection to the spirituality of the American Indian. The visuals that are painted by the author are incredible and make you feel like you've been there before, even if you haven't. Can't recommend this title enough!

    18. In San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis, Seamus falls in love with Jimmy who is positive and has arrived from Buffalo after a cross-country bike ride. Upon Jimmy's death, he promises to take him back from where he came and embarks on a journey by bike through the West. Very poetic and wonderfully written.

    19. One of the most beautiful and haunting odes to a doomed relationship I've ever read. Reminded me of Kerouac's On The Road except far more poignant and relevant to today's context. we should all embark on such a journey to better understand humanity and the world we live in.

    20. It's quite a journey - it gets better all the way. The ending could be trite in the hands of a less skilled writer but Trebor Healey succeeds. A lovely story of loss and longing.

    21. Beautifully written in parts, and certainly a touching story from the depths of the AIDS crisis, but too repetitive and with a sudden and unsatisfying conclusion.

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