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About the author:
Heidi von Palleske is an actor, activist and a writer. Best known for such movies as Dead Ringers, Take the Lead and Ramona, Heidi has also been in countless series including Starhunter and Street Legal. Her work as an activist took on both Canadian and International policy on the use and exportation of asbestos. When described to her as an upward battle of David and Goliath proportions, Heidi replied, "Read to the end of the story and you will find that David won that one!" Heidi splits her time between a retreat on the St. Lawrence River and Toronto.
They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore
Heidi von Palleske
Set in the 1980's, They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore explores the nature of love, sexuality and the importance of art in our day to day life.
Alex Hoff is a young artist who witnesses a suicide at a subway station. That same day an exotic young woman comes to pose in her life drawing class at art college. An obsession takes over Alex's art and mind. Her teacher, Boris misconstrues her intentions and offers to give her extra tutoring. Alex soon finds out that the model, Premika, is his lover as well. The triangle becomes a competition, both in the art world and in the realm of each of their hearts.
Alex's obsession with Premika drives her to create. Too intimidated to carve in stone, she sets out to sculpt a life-sized terracotta replica of Premika, but in order to succeed she needs to know this beautiful but enigmatic woman thoroughly. She slowly peels away Premika's carefully constructed, yet superficial, layers to get to the essential core of her being only to expose a well hidden, rooted sorrow.
They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore is a love story that breaks the rules and labels of society. This is a love that does not limit itself to age, race or gender. It is the love of the idealist. The love of beauty, the love of art and the love of desire. They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore is thought provoking, philosophical and heart felt. It is a cry in the dark in defense of art, love and obsession.
They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore is a winner of the HR PERCY AWARD for best novel manuscript in Eastern Canada.
Recipient of Toronto Arts Council Award
Recipient of the Ontario Arts council Award
Toronto Star Critics choice
- Publication Date:
- 0968971830 / 9780968971833
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Literary