Ghost Horse: Tour Stop + Review

Ghost Horse: Tour Stop + ReviewGhost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely
(Website, Goodreads)
Published by Gival Press on September 22nd 2014
ISBN: 192858991X
Genres: Drama, Fiction, Literary Fiction
Pages: 260
Format: eBook
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Winner of the 2013 Gival Press Novel Award

"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

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.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of language, sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
  • I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

About Thomas H. McNeely

Thomas H. McNeely

A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in fiction at Stanford University, Thomas H. McNeely's work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Epoch, and has been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories; What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers; and Algonquin Books’ Best of the South:From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South.

Ghost Horse, his first novel, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, was published in October 2014.

Ghost Horse: Review

Ghost Horse is told from the perspective of an eleven-year-old boy. As mentioned in its book blurb, it tackles on the delicate issues like class, bullying, abuse and racial tension.

It’s apparent that Buddy is in great pain. His parents are divorcing; it’s too much for him to handle. My heart breaks for him. Ghost Horse is quite hard for me to review; it’s so… poignant. Goodreads member Leila says it best: it’s a gripping read.

alt="ghost-horse-thomas-mcneely"Page 58, in particular, was a heart stopper for me. I can’t give away too much, all I know is it’s going to, beyond a shadow of doubt, shock you.

alt="ghost-horse-thomas-mcneely"There’s a lot of attentive writing here, it’s almost poetic. It actually took me a while to get through Ghost Horse. It’s deep. It’s though-provoking. It’s to be savoured. 

alt="ghost-horse-thomas-mcneely"Here are some of the quotes I’ve included. Hopefully, it’ll coax you to give Ghost Horse a read! For family-drama and literary fiction fans!

Ghost Horse: Favourite Quote

I don’t know whether this is true; it left me amused. If you live in Houston, let me know?