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My four kids and I live in a house we built with our own hands. But since my real jobs have been as a computer programmer and an author, you’d probably never guess we became a construction crew. We built our house because we needed a place to live after leaving a terrible domestic violence situation. And we built it because we needed a big impossible project to rebuild our family. Of course we knew it would be difficult, but we never imagined that mixing mortar in a wheelbarrow and mixing our past trauma with future dreams would knock us even lower before it lifted us up.
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Bad things happen in threes: Willow’s mother dies, she gets dumped, and she discovers she’s pregnant. Reluctantly, she returns to her childhood home, a failed New Mexico winery bordering an Apache reservation where the community seems to think she belongs far more than she ever imagined.
Booklist said “this touching novel of homecoming will draw apt comparisons to early Barbara Kingsolver”. Based on my experiences as a teacher on a Jicarilla Apache Reservation, THE ROAD TO ENCHANTMENT examines “home” and the people and landscapes that define us.
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As a teenager I happened across Adrienne Rich’s sentiment: “If we could learn to learn from pain even as it grasps us.” Mourning the loss of a friend, I took comfort in the idea that insight hides within grief. In I LIKED MY LIFE, the characters learn exactly that, in their own imperfect way.
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