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 yank West that's dreamy, mythic, and visionary.
When stricken 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 origin in Buffalo, New York), he feels his existence may well eventually be taking a flip for the higher. however the resulting romance proves short-lived as Jimmy dies of an AIDS-related sickness. 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 carry them again to Buffalo. He meets truck drivers, waitresses, collage childrens, farmers, ranchers, Marines, and different travelers--each one giving him a brand new point of view on his personal lifestyles and on Jimmy's loss of life. while 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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He paused. “And also, thank you for taking care of Kristen. She’s the sweetest thing in the world, but she’s sensitive. I’m glad you didn’t leave her alone. ” “I did what anyone would do,” Katie insisted. In the silence that followed, she suddenly seemed to realize how close they were standing and took a half step backward. ” “Wait,” Alex said. He walked toward the refrigerated cases at the rear of the store. ” She shook her head. “Sometimes, but—” Before she could finish, he turned around and opened the case.
I need a break. I’ve been cleaning all morning and I just hung that thing. ” “Go ahead,” Katie said. Jo sat and rolled her shoulders, working out the kinks. “You’ve been getting some sun,” she commented. ” “No,” Katie said. She scooted one of the bags aside to make room for her foot. ” “Sun, water… what else is there? ” Katie laughed. “Not quite. ” She nodded toward the bags. ” “I can tell. ” “I think so,” Katie confessed. ” Jo laughed. “I live in a cottage at the end of a gravel road in the middle of nowhere and I’ve been washing cabinets all morning.
When it began to clear out, Katie cleaned and closed up the wait station. She helped the busboys carry plates to the dishwasher while her final tables finished up. At one of them was a young couple and she’d seen the rings on their fingers as they held hands across the table. They were attractive and happy, and she felt a sense of déjà vu. She had been like them once, a long time ago, for just a moment. Or so she thought, because she learned the moment was only an illusion. Katie turned away from the blissful couple, wishing that she could erase her memories forever and never have that feeling again.
A Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healey