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Set amidst the social tensions of 1970’s Houston, Thomas McNeely‘s Ghost Horse tells the story of eleven-year-old Buddy Turner’s shifting alliances within his fragmented family and with two other boys—one white, 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. Ghost HorseIn 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.

Thomas McNeely is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in fiction at Stanford University.  His work has appeared in The AtlanticPloughsharesThe 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. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dobie Paisano Program at the University of Texas at Austin, the MacDowell Colony.  I currently teach in the Stanford Online Writers’ Studio and the Emerson College Honors Program. Ghost Horse is his first novel.

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