Tom McNeely, Ghost Horse, and Charles Coe, Spin Cycles

Two local authors, Tom McNeely and Charles Coe, read from their latest works. This event is cosponsored by the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union.

"An elegy for a lost father, an unforgettable fable of the power of art, Ghost Horse weaves a singular spell, captivating the reader and never letting go." -- Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

"An adventure of feeling and intelligence, frightening in its penetration to the depth of a child's anguish, Ghost Horse is a masterful novel. The reader's heart opens to McNeely’s characters, and does not ever quite close again. This brave compassion is what fiction is for." — James Carroll, author of Warburg in Rome 

"In Ghost Horse, his excellent debut novel, Thomas McNeely skillfully offers up the dark mysteries of the adult world through the eyes of a child. Wise, insightful, and exquisitely written, it lays bare the heartbreak of family life and lost friendship against the back drop of class and racial difference. Ghost Horse is that rare fictional rendering that truly illuminates real life." -- Rishi Reddi, author of Karma and Other Stories, winner of the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award

Set amidst the social tensions of 1970's Houston, Ghost Horse tells the story of eleven-year-old Buddy Turner's shifting alliances within his fragmented family and with two other boys—one Anglo, one Latino—in their quest to make a Super-8 animated movie. As his father's many secrets begin to unravel, Buddy discovers the real movie: the intersection between life as he sees it and the truth of his own past. In a vivid story of love, friendship, and betrayal, Ghost Horse explores a boy's swiftly changing awareness of himself and the world through the lens of imagination.

A former Stegner Fellow and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Thomas McNeely has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other magazines and anthologies, and has been regularly shortlisted in the Best American and O. Henry Awards.  He currently teaches at Emerson College and in the Stanford Online Writing Studio.  Ghost Horse is his first novel.

"Spin Cycles reminds us, as the best fiction always does, that every person has a story to tell. Touching and beautiful." - William Martin, New York Times best-selling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letters.

Brilliant, homeless and nearly invisible, a young man wanders through Boston, looking for meaning and hope. Extreme mood swings and an unusual outlook on life make it impossible for him to thrive in mainstream society. He finds comfort in Laundromats, where he calms himself by watching clothes tumble round and round and round. And in the streets he finds other people like him, below the radar, laboring to survive. Poignant and buoyant, Spin Cycles is a story of loss, discovery, and, just possibly, redemption.

Charles Coe is author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon.  His poetry has appeared in literary reviews and anthologies such as Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. Charles won a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his poems have been set to music by a number of composers. Co-chair of the Boston Chapter of the National Writers Union, Charles was selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014.”

Event date: 
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge
Spin Cycles (Gemma Open Door) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936846474
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Gemma Open Door - October 15th, 2014