- Author Bio
“This story, if it is one, deserves the closure of a suicide, perhaps even the magisterial finality of what is usually called a novel, but the remnants of that faraway time offer nothing more than a taste of damp ashes, a feeling of indeterminacy, and the obdurate inconclusiveness of passing time.” So writes the unnamed narrator of Horse Crazy, looking back on a season of madness and desire. The first novel from the brilliant, protean Gary Indiana, Horse Crazy tells the story of a thirty-five-year-old writer for a New York arts and culture magazine whose life melts into a fever dream when he falls in love with the handsome, charming, possibly heroin-addicted, and almost certainly insane Gregory Burgess. In the derelict brownstones of the Lower East Side in the late eighties, among the coked out restauranteurs and art world impresarios of the supposed “downtown scene,” the narrator wanders through the fog of passion. Meanwhile, the AIDS epidemic is spreading through the city, and New York friendships sputter to an end. Here is a novel where the only moral is that thwarted passion is the truest passion, where love is a hallucination and the gravest illness is desire.
Indiana is a widely regarded New York figure
Book will be introduced by Tobi Haslett, a writer for New Yorker and Harper’s
Indiana has fans in the art world, and among high end print media community (Bookforum, LRB, etc.)
Marketing: social media campaign
Publicity: Big venue launch events in New York and Los Angeles with Barry Gifford, including invites to Richard Price, Willem Dafoe, and Jonathan Lethem.
Review attention expected in mainstream, literary, and LGBT media.
“A superbly wrought novel…compelling…frequently brilliant…razor-sharp…a well-polished gem.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is what Love in the Time of Cholera is like for real.”—Angela Carter
“Flawless…a brilliantly executed piece of erotic writing.”—Washington Blade