By Trebor Healey

ISBN-10: 0299289702

ISBN-13: 9780299289706

Award-winning novelist Trebor Healey depicts San Francisco within the Nineteen 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 twenty-one-year-old Seamus Blake meets the robust and self-possessed Jimmy (just arrived in San Francisco through bicycle from his homeland in Buffalo, New York), he feels his existence may possibly 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 way in which I came."

And so Seamus units out by means of bicycle on a picaresque trip with the ashes, hoping to deliver them again to Buffalo. He meets truck drivers, waitresses, university childrens, farmers, ranchers, Marines, and different travelers--each one giving him a brand new viewpoint on his personal lifestyles and on Jimmy's dying. whilst he meets and turns into concerned with a tender local American guy whose mom has lately died, Seamus's grief and his tale develop into common and redemptive.

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It would be rude not to shake her hand; he realized his palms were sweaty and felt embarrassed. The car jerked and jolted, making slow progress in the bumper-to-bumper traffic. Etiler, with its colorful, bright cafés, restaurants, and stores lining the avenue, was drowning out even the noise of the lodos. ” Cavidan Hanım hopped out with the agility of a young girl, ducked into a liquor store, and returned with a black plastic bag full of beer cans. Surprised, the young man remained optimistic. Maybe she’s planning on drinking them at home tonight, he thought.

We were used to it. Xenia was an angel, an image, an apparition which would disappear at once and materialize again somewhere else in the hall, only to disappear again. But that night when her turn came, Xenia did not go out in front of the conveyor mirror. Suddenly the music stopped. Nigel came over to where we were. He glared at his girlfriend, who had grabbed me by the collar and was manhandling me. ” he asked. Just as the woman was parting her lips to say something, a deafening, defiant roar rose from the audience.

After all, the New Year spirit calls for snow; and for love, hope, new beginnings, packages of presents, angels hanging on trees, the cinnamon-spiced scent of mulled wine. But it didn’t happen, it didn’t snow. Instead, a crazy, wayward wind kept the area convulsing for days on end, making the city slave to its whim. Though the majority suffered only mild headaches and a little shortness of breath in its aftermath, at the time, melancholy ran like a viscous liquid through the streets. Tolga, for his part, did something he never would have done otherwise: Compelled by the sorrowful music and the feeling of benevolence that the New Year’s spirit aroused, he pulled up to the curb, where a woman with shopping bags was trying to flag down a taxi.

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