The Boston Globe

A capsule review by Laura Collins-Hughes:

Children of 1970s divorce, your book is here. Glib but true: In “Ghost Horse,” his lucid debut novel, Cambridge author Thomas H. McNeely has captured something harrowing about an era of chaos and unease.

“Tell me the truth,” 11-year-old Buddy’s mother says to his father, who isn’t coming home to live with them. “Tell me what’s really going on.” But it’s Buddy, an only child, who’s more often pumped for intel. The various factions in his family push and pull, asking him to lie or spy, carry messages, take sides.

Fantasy encroaches on reality, and art is a vital escape from insecurity and omnipresent dread. If Buddy gets good at betrayal, who taught him that?

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