They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore by Heidi von PalleskeThey Don't Run Red Trains Anymore by Heidi von Palleske

They Don't Run Red Trains Anymore

byHeidi von Palleske

Hardcover | May 5, 2017

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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

Recipent of the Ontario Arts council Award

Toronto Star Critics choice

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, Regenisis and Street Legal. Her work as an activist took on both Canadian and International policy on the use and exportation of asbestos. Heidi colle...
Title:They Don't Run Red Trains AnymoreFormat:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:May 5, 2017Publisher:Smart House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:096897189X

ISBN - 13:9780968971895

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Editorial Reviews

"The writing is superior. Not a cliché  anywhere. So inelligent in every observation, so much insight in every reflection."  --  Helen Weinzweig, author of Basic Black With Pearls, Passing Ceremony"Heidi isn't only an amazing actor, she is one of the best, most brilliant writers I know."                                                     --  John Frizzell, writer/director, A Winter's Tan, Life With Billy"Sex, suicide and the nature of art. An ambitious and successful piece of work."                                                               --   The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, HR Percy Award review