The Hindenburg Crashes NightlyBook - 1999
A richly textured tapestry woven from undying love and deep-rooted guilt, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly captures the intimacy and intensity of an emotionally and sexually trubulent relationship. In remarkably vivid and lyrical prose, award-winning novelist Greg Hrbek makes an astonishing debut with this story of two lovers bound by secrets from their shared past.
It is the summer of 1974 and the solid world of ten-year-old Thomas Markham is crumbling after his mother dies giving birth to another son. Unable to turn to his grief-stricken father for comfort, Tom surrenders himself to the warm embrace of college-bound Lindsey Paris, who is all too familiar with pain, isolation and loneliness. This powerful bond unites them in a time of tragedy and links them through the years that lie ahead.
Fifteen years later, Thomas, a promising claymation filmmaker in San Francisco, enters into an adulterous relationship with the now-married Lindsey-an affair that is the fulfillment of the love that Tom has always felt for her. In spite of their fierce pangs of guilt, neither one of them has the strength, or desire, to put an end to their liaison. But during their heated summer of love, Tom finds himself drawn to an exotic-looking and sexually voracious named Nile, Lindsey's former lover, and is encouraged in the new dalliance by Lindsey's unsuspecting husband Phillip.
Swept up in a torrent of conflicting feelings, Tom's life comes to a head with the arrival of his runaway younger brother Matthew. As the chaotic teenager desperately attempts to make sense of his broken life, his fragile mental status threatens to unravel the skein of silence and lies surrounding his emotionally reclusive older brother.
A literary tour de force, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly takes the readers into the heart and soul of romantic need--its consequences, punishments and unexpected redemptions. This moving novel dares us to question our assumptions