By Trebor Healey
Award-winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco within the Eighties and '90s in poetic prose that's either ribald and poignant, and a crossing into the yankee West that's dreamy, mythic, and visionary.
When twenty-one-year-old Seamus Blake meets the robust and self-possessed Jimmy (just arrived in San Francisco by means of bicycle from his place of origin in Buffalo, New York), he feels his existence may possibly ultimately be taking a flip for the higher. however the resulting romance proves short-lived as Jimmy dies of an AIDS-related ailment. The grieving Seamus is obliged to maintain a promise to Jimmy: "Take me again the way in which I came."
And so Seamus units out through bicycle on a picaresque trip with the ashes, hoping to convey them again to Buffalo. He meets truck drivers, waitresses, university teenagers, farmers, ranchers, Marines, and different travelers--each one giving him a brand new standpoint on his personal lifestyles and on Jimmy's demise. whilst he meets and turns into concerned with a tender local American guy whose mom has lately died, Seamus's grief and his tale turn into common and redemptive.
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Katie dropped off two checks and cleared empty plates. She kept busy, as she always did, trying to be efficient and invisible. She kept her head down and made sure the waitress station was spotless. It made the day go by faster. She didn’t flirt with the guy from the studio, and when he left he didn’t look back. Katie worked both the lunch and dinner shift. As day faded into night, she loved watching the sky turning from blue to gray to orange and yellow at the western rim of the world. At sunset, the water sparkled and sailboats heeled in the breeze.
I’m sorry,” he’d answered. ” As he bagged her items after his answer, he noticed her staring out the window, absently chewing her lower lip. For some reason, he had the strange impression that she was about to cry. He cleared his throat. “If it’s something you’re going to need regularly, I’d be happy to stock them. ” When she answered, her voice barely registered above a whisper. She paid him in small bills, and after taking the bag, she left the store. Surprising him, she kept walking out of the lot, and it was only then he realized she hadn’t driven, which only added to his curiosity.
She half-turned in his direction and mumbled, I like Dickens. With that, she opened the door and was gone, walking up the road. He’d thought about her with greater frequency since then, but they were vague thoughts, edged with mystery and colored by the knowledge that he wanted to get to know her better. Not that he knew how to go about it. Aside from the year he courted Carly, he’d never been good at dating. In college, between swimming and his classes, he had little time to go out. In the military, he’d thrown himself into his career, working long hours and transferring from post to post with every promotion.
A Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healey