by Mary Sojourner
PRAISE FOR 29
“Ever-ascending Sojourner cooks up wrenching sorrow and hilarious banter, environmental and moral conundrums, magnetizing characters, and a place of transcendent beauty in this intoxicating, provocative, and gloriously told desert tale of wildness and community, unexpected bonds and deep legacies, trauma and healing.”
—DONNA SEAMAN, BOOKLIST (starred review)
“This standout ecological novel from Arizona author Sojourner features picturesque prose, a vivid western setting, and sharply drawn characters..”
“Sojourner seduces readers with shimmering visions of the West…At the same time, she forces us to face the weary but undeniable truth that we’re butchering the place…Her palpable sorrow about the land permeates the novel, but it’s relieved by a sense of humor and plenty of wisecracking dialogue.”
—HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
“[Sojourner] writes herself onto the page and bares all. Her characters personify past lovers and old friends, but ever apparent is the character of place.”
—ARIZONA DAILY SUN
Also by the author:
August 2014 | Fiction | 978-1-937226-36-7 | 290 pp |$15.95
Nell Walker, an L.A. executive who believed she had everything and learns she had nothing, finds herself boarding a bus rolling away from bitter loss toward a fiercely beautiful landscape, an impossible love affair, and a fight for the earth that brings her back to a past richer than anything she could have imagined.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MARY SOJOURNER is the author of two novels, Sisters of the Dream and Going Through Ghosts; the short story collection,Delicate; an essay collection, Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest; and memoirs, Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire and She Bets Her Life. She is an intermittent NPR commentator and the author of many essays, columns and op-eds for High Country News, Writers on the Range and other publications. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Sojourner teaches writing in private circles, one-on-one, at colleges and universities, writing conferences, and book festivals. She believes in both the limitations and possibilities of healing through writing—the most powerful tool she has found for doing what is necessary to mend. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.