Cottonwood Saints: A Novel (Paperback)
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Cottonwood Saints: A Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 30/11/2005
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Spanning the twentieth century, 'Cottonwood Saints' chronicles the lives of a New Mexico woman and her son, Michael. Margarita Juana Galvan was born in a lumber camp in 1913 and is brought up like a little princess in her grandparents' hacienda. In contrast, Margarita's adult life is spent in depression-ridden Las Vegas, New Mexico. Told through Michael, Margarita's story embodies the challenges faced by an intelligent, independent-minded girl maturing in a man's world. Margarita and her family's lives intersect with the prominent events of the century: the influenza pandemic of 1918, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, and World War 2. Based on the life of Guerin's mother, 'Cottonwood Saints' connects the lives of the poorest citizens of New Mexico to the local power structure. The story ends after Michael, who became a priest, must leave his order in disgrace, and with the burial of Margarita in 1991.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826337245
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 230 x 155 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Guerin's locales come to life as he melds detailed description with the history of the region."
""Cottonwood Saints" is a compelling read, one that lingers in the mind after you turn the last page."
"Told from the perspective of Margarita's son, this docu-novel unfolds slowly yet exquisitely, as if the reader were thumbing through old family photos with a beloved elderly relative."
"No matter how quietly "Cottonwood Saints" stands among them, it will surely take its place as one of the standards of southwestern fiction that preceeded it, and to which it belongs, heart and soul."
"An impressive debut novel from Denver writer Gene Guerin. . . Guerin's characters are solid and fascinating, and his writing is powerful in detail and rhythm, carrying a touch of poetry often found in speakers of both Spanish and English."
"Gene Guerin offers a vivid picture of life on one of the last American frontiers. . . Margarita learns to cope with her life, and make what she can of it, just as everyone does. Her varying degrees of sucess and failure make her an everyday hero, and keep the reader turning the pages of "Cottonwood Saints.""
"Set in the remote high country of northern New Mexico, "Cottonwood Saints" is an absorbing, historical novel and a real treat."
""Cottonwood Saints" is a moving family saga, rich in lore and personality and the marvelous culture of New Mexico. Margarita Juana is a powerful woman, a survivor who perseveres against all odds. Her story, about the extreme courage of ordinary people, is sad and true and very inspiring."

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