Life in the Rainbow by Richard Horan

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Set in a mental institution, everything these strange and wonderful patients do will linger with me for a long while. --Alan Cheuse, NPR's All Things Considered

About Richard Horan

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Richard Horan is a novelist, English teacher, and book reviewer for several national publications. His novel Goose Music was a finalist for the Great Lakes Fiction Award and won the ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Medal. He is also the author of Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees That Inspired Famous American Writers from Faulkner to Kerouac, Welty to Wharton. He lives in Oswego, NY.
Published February 21, 1996 by Steerforth Press. 164 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a close encounter with a nymphomaniac, he bonds with young Teddy, a mechanic who was brain-damaged in a motorcycle accident, and when Teddy's family decides that his own home is healthier than the Rainbow Home, Richard accepts the job offered him as Teddy's live-in attendant.

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Less a novel than a series of brief character sketches, Horan's debut weakly limns a group of mentally challenged people who live in an ""asane asylum"" where ""ev'ryt'ing is upaside down."" Inspired by Thoreau, narrator Richard, a recent college grad, is walking from Boston to Alaska when he sto...

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