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""A Horse Named Sorrow" is a great love story, one with political vibrations, the tragic tenderness of Leonard Cohen's early LPs andnovels, and the manic queer energy of William Burroughs' "The Wild Boys"."--Kevin Killian, author of "Impossible Princess"

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Trebor Healey is author of the novel "Through It Came Bright Colors," a selection of the InsightOut Book Club and the winner of both the Violet Quill Award and the Publishing Triangle's Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction. His other books include the novel "Faun," the short-story collection "A Perfect Scar," and a volume of poetry, "Sweet Son of Pan."


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True Queer West 20. Dezember 2012
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It's hard to imagine I could like this book any more than I already do. At it's simplest, it's a lyrical road trip journey, the fulfillment of a deathbed promise everyman Seamus makes to his lover, the charismatic Jimmy - that he will take his ashes back home to Buffalo, NY, from San Francisco the way Jimmy came - which, in this case, means on a bicycle named Chief Joseph.

But it's so much more - rife with themes which include young male queer love (it's sometimes hard to remember in your 50s how horny you were, 24/7, in your 20s!), growing up in the 60s in a one-parent household, the horrors of AIDS in places like San Francisco, and the resulting movements like ACT UP; the long and bloody history of the US and Native Americans, as well as spirituality and an overwhelming sensuality that colors the entire work.

It made me laugh, it made me cry (a lot - as much as for those who died of AIDS as my own lost youth). It reminded me of the wonder and the loneliness of being on the road. I saw my own years in SF in the characters. I challenge any reader to feel the same way about riding BART again after reading this book!

A Horse Named Sorrow is also very much about the American West and the paradoxes to be found there, the fear and beauty, the loneliness and solace, the unforgiving nature of the land but also the redemption in confronting it. Healey does call his character Seamus a "lost soul," and indeed, at times he reminded me of the character of Ennis Del Mar of "Brokeback Mountain," a man on a search for that one crucial piece of his heart that's gone missing.
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The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter 8. November 2012
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Trebor Healey's new novel is in many ways a beautiful long prose poem-- with colorful strings attached. (Surely the British novelist John Banville would approve since he in on the record as saying that he attempts to combine prose and poetry in his fiction.) The narrator is twenty-one-year old Seamus Blake. The novel is set in San Francisco and the road to Buffalo, New York in 1990 and 1991. The plot is simple and familiar, what you might expect: Boy meets boy; one boy has AIDS-- one of the beauties of this narrative is that Seamus only calls this horrendous disease the "acronym"-- the other does not. One boy dies. The other attempts to fulfill his love's (twenty-eight-year old Jimmy`s) last request: "Take me back the way I came." Much of this sad novel then has to do with Seamus' road trip. He is riding Jimmy's bicycle and wearing his clothes including a black long-sleeved T-shirt with a symbol of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on it.

The narrator is wise beyond his years. But then why would he not be? His father came home from Viet Nam in a body bag. His mother has all the loneliness of Eleanor Rigby-- Mr. Healey drops snatches of popular songs throughout his narrative along with beautiful horse imagery-- but unfortunately she doesn't "do sorrow" and refused to meet his Jimmy, the love of his young life whom he of course loses to the acronym. "He wasn't a war hero--- he was a nobody like me." (Hey, Seamus, don't forget that Emily Dickinson thought it was perfectly okay to be a nobody.) Much of this novel hits you right where you are living even if it is sometimes with "buffalo clouds" and the constellations. In short, it is a sad reminder that the biggest event in many of our lives was the scourge of AIDS and the loss of so many we held to our hearts in a futile effort to save them. So many eloquently worded passages with so much truths. How many of us like Jimmy found comfort, not from family-- unless you believe that your family consists of those who love you regardless of skin color or blood type-- but from strangers? For Seamus, it was a nurse named Jill who caught him crying. "God bless her-- she did what was needed. And she took me down for a cup of coffee and we didn't say much--just small, sad smiles. Blanche Dubois can say what she will about strangers, but it's the kindness of nurses and political activists [his friends from ACTUP] and small children that I counted on." He also finds kindness from a total stranger, an employee in a market, "a girl in produce, with multicolored hairweaves and a plethora of piercing" who senses his sorrow and offers to give him a hug.

There is one beautiful passage after another. Here's is the narrator's description of the night-- I can see this imagery in a film adaptation of this novel-- "All that night, the geese passed over honking their forlorn call, the lake unable to call back up to them, mute as a boy who doesn't talk. I counted them like winged black sheep as I lay there. . . The last thing I did was make shapes out of the stars, which turned into me and Eugene having sex--Orion's belt unbuckled, Orion's c--k spurting shooting stars like fireworks--until I dozed off and the sparkling heavenly bodies sprouted wings that led to dreams of birds. Not migrating birds, but birds of prey soaring and diving, landing, silent and watching like hawks perched on fence posts out in Oregon, the wind ruffling the feathers on their heads ever so slightly."

Mr. Healey writes about serious subjects: the inhumanity of the white-skinned towards the other-colored-skinned, the rape of nature by the so-called progress when we build cities, and of course, grief, loss and love.
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I Want You To Read This Book 20. November 2012
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I've tried to find just one quote to convey the richness of this book. And I can't. I don't want to tell you the story. I want you to read this book. This is the finest literary fiction, frisky and playful besides.

It's about the circus of San Francisco and its holocaust aftermath, a bicycle trip across the country, talking too much and being mute, about Indians and rednecks. And so much more. You can delight in the lyrical writing, the eroticism, the adventure, the wisdom of loss. And still there's more. I want you to find it for yourself.
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Tender but Predictable Tale 28. Mai 2013
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Easy to feel for Seamus and his mourning Jimmy, but the road trip became tedious and repetitive. Too convenient an ending for a story that eventually goes nowhere.

I did love the main characters, but their interactions were the only gripping aspects of the novel.
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Remarkable book! 31. März 2013
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What a remarkable story! I felt like I was experiencing the journey with Seamus. This can rarely be accomplished, except by a gifted author. I read Mr. Healey's novel Through It Came Bright Colors many years ago and was equally impressed. When I began reading this one I thought I would highlight or underline some of the soulful sayings and expressive comments, but I soon discovered I'd have most of the book marked. I'll opt for reading it again. Overall it was a great book about a young man learning about life, death, love and all the experiences each of us has in our lifetime to make us who we are. I'd highly recommend that you read it and experience it for yourself.
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