Trebor Healey, author of A Horse Named Sorrow

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:30pm

Join a Room of One's Own in welcoming author Trebor Healey, who will read from A Horse Named Sorrow, his latest novel by the UW Press that has just been nominated for a Lambda Literary award!

Award-winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco in the 1980s and ’90s in poetic prose that is both ribald and poignant, and a crossing into the American West that is dreamy, mythic, and visionary.

When troubled twenty-one-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 travelers—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.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
53703-2218 Madison
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ISBN: 9780299289706
Availability: Backordered
Published: Terrace Books - October 23rd, 2012