I am happy to announce that my novel, RETURN TO ABO, will soon be released in paperback and e-book by University of New Mexico Press. This story of three generations of women living and struggling together on a ranch in dry, dusty central New Mexico was a finalist for the WILLA Award for Contemporary Western Women’s Fiction from Women Writing the West.
Abo Ruins, outside Mountainair, New Mexico
Set in the geographic and emotional heart of New Mexico, RETURN TO ABO tells the tale of Maggie, who is drawn back to the tiny home town she fled twenty years earlier to confront her crusty homesteader mother, the boyfriend who broke her heart, the harsh land she loves, and her tangled relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter. In these pages, the personal histories of the characters are entwined with the authentic history of the people of New Mexico. As Maggie discovers the secrets of her past, she grows beyond the beliefs that have driven her away, to build a future for her family and for the land that is her home.
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Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, which produces multicultural performances, will stage three readings of Jim Sagel’s works in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Espanola in December. Below is a link to the theatre’s website with information about these performances. For further information, contact Argos MacCallum at 505-424-1601.
In his recent book about Espanola, UNM American Studies professor Michael Trujillo wrote a chapter about Sagel. The book is entitled Land of Disenchantment: Latina/or Identifies and Transformations in Northern New Mexico. Dr. Trujillo will speak about his book at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday, December 4, at 2 PM.
I learned of the works of Jim Sagel while living in Santa Fe in 2001-2003. I saw a film in progress about his life by Pilar Rodriguez Aranda that was shown at the Juan de Onate Monument and Visitors Center near Espanola on the road to Taos, State Route 68. I then looked up news articles about Sagel and read of his death by suicide in April 1998 at age 50. (more…)
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