Title Profile & Character Information

A Seahorse Year

Annotation
In Stacey D'Erasmo's acclaimed second novel, a quintessentially modern family is ultimately transformed by the emerging breakdown of their teenaged son, Christopher. When he disappears from his San Francisco home, his extended family comes together in a frantic search. But Christopher is in much more trouble than they know, and their attempts to support him and to save him will challenge their assumptions about themselves and one another.

Exquisitely crafted, A Seahorse Year is an absorbing read that explores the ways in which love moves us to actions that have both redemptive and disastrous consequences, sometimes in the same heartbeat.

"A Seahorse Year compellingly explores love's connections and limits . . . [D'Erasmo] writes with a graceful, sometimes devastating directness, in clear, crisp phrases lined with subtle lyricism." -- Boston Globe

"Beautiful, addictive . . . an elegant, glancing humor flecks the book . . . wonderfully observed ." -- Newsday

"You could read Stacey D'Erasmo for the subtlety of her insights or the beauty of her language or for her tumbling, shifting arrangements of plot and characters . . . Or you could just open A Seahorse Year and be mesmerized." -- The Advocate

Stacey D'Erasmo is the author of the novel Tea, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and a Book Sense 76 Pick. A Seahorse Year, her second novel, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. She lives in New York City.

Awards
2005  Publishing Triangle Awards
2005  Lambda Literary Awards

Characters
NameNan
GenderFemale
OccupationBookstore owner
TraitsLesbian
Mother
Abused

NameHal
GenderMale
OccupationAccountant
TraitsGay
Father

NameChristopher
GenderMale
TraitsSchizophrenic
Troubled

NameMarina
GenderFemale
OccupationArtist
TraitLesbian

NameTamara
GenderFemale

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Psychological
TopicsTeenage boys
Mental illness
Schizophrenia
Runaways
Extended families
Parenthood
Gay men
Lesbians
Relationships
Life changes
SettingSan Francisco, California
Northern California