“Healy skillfully creates with wordsa sense of abstract paintings.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-366-3 • $8.95 • Paperback • July 1990
Composed with the pureness and resonant simplicity of a
classical Greek fable, this engaging tale of love and mutability marks a
stunning debut by a unique new voice in American fiction.
Set amid the arid beauty of central Texas, Lone Stars
tells the tale of two eccentric exiles, Stas and Lupe, who are struggling to
maintain their identity and their relationship amid the myriad distractions of
contemporary American culture. Stas, a Polish émigré, is torn by his
conflicting ambitions as an artist and a stock market speculator. Stas’s wife,
Lupe, is a young Mexican artist, twenty years his junior.
When Lupe’s career suddenly blossoms, just as Stas’s
interest in art is supplanted by his passion for the stock market, the calm
surface of their lives is roiled by the undercurrents of loneliness and
jealousy each of them feels.
A classic triangle quickly develops. Although his marriage
to Lupe holds more richness for Stas than he ever thought possible, his former
lover—the sensuous, exotic Gosia— torments his memory and disturbs his dreams.
And when Lupe develops a passionate friendship with Gosia, Stas is filed with
By turns provocative, quirky, and humorous, Lone Stars
is a deliciously off-beat novel that offers an original view of American
life in all its shimmering grotesquerie and glory.