- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers
As inspiring as the vast mountains of deepest Mongolia, The Horse Boy is the story of just how far a father will go to give his son a chance at a normal life. Isaacson, a travel writer, was dismayed to learn that his two-year-old son, Rowan, was autistic. Parenting a special-needs child was increasingly difficult, with Rowan's failure to interact and inability to toilet-train. Then one day, Rowan bolts toward the neighbor's horse pasture, and Isaacson chases him down - only to watch the mare, Betsy, become strangely submissive in Rowan's presence. Convinced that Rowan's bond with Betsy is meaningful, Isaacson plans a trip to Mongolia, where horses were first domesticated, and the home of present-day healers, or shamans.
What follows is an improbable journey to the farthest reaches of the earth. Accompanied by a camera crew and some local guides, the Isaacsons travel, first by car and then by horse, across rough, mountainous terrain. Isaacson frequently questions the sanity of what they're doing. Will they actually reach the shamans, and if they do, can they possibly heal his son?
Isaacon's writing style is simple, but with his keen eye, readers will feel that they're riding right alongside him, marveling at the ancient landscapes, the strange foods, and the exotic people. An account of an astonishing adventure, The Horse Boy is an unforgettable odyssey. (Summer 2009 Selection)