The Horse Boy

A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

By Rupert Isaacson
(Little, Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316008235, 368pp.)

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2009 Indie Notables
“The Horse Boy tells the story of parents who travel to Mongolia with their autistic son in an effort to have him cured by shamans. The boy, Rowan, also has an affinity for animals, especially horses, and riding horses really seems to help him. A great read.”
-- Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL


Description

When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor's horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

THE HORSE BOY is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story--of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.




About the Author

Rupert Isaacson was born in London to a South African mother and a Zimbabwean father. Isaacson's first book, The Healing Land (Grove Press), was a 2004 New York Times Notable Book. He has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, and North America for the British press and now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Kristin, and their son, Rowan.

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