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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    This is Morrow's best work--and that's saying a lot!

    Read this book for yourself and you¿ll see why *Ariel¿s Crossing* is Bradford Morrow¿s best work. His use of language is sublime---so rich and lush---and yet, unlike so many writers, it enhances his storytelling rather than interfering with it. Ariel is a wonderful, inspiring young woman whose journey to self-discovery takes her through some amazing yet completely believable twists of fate. Her search for her birth father begins long years after fraught, emotional conversation in which her mother and stepfather finally tell her the truth about her parentage. Kip, her father, who is now dying of cancer, has spent his entire lifetime fighting ¿other men¿s wars¿, most notably in Vietnam and Laos, and characteristically seeks to end his life having fought one more battle--that of Delfino, whose ranch was confiscated by the government to create a nuclear bomb test site near Los Alamos during World War II (a cause meaningful not only to Kip, born in Los Alamos and haunted by the bomb for his whole life, but to any reader who cares about how the government is spending our tax dollars on wars we may or may not agree with). Morrow's love of the New Mexican landscape is palpable. He has also created a roster of marvelous characters, including Franny (aka Mary), who discovers herself by simply re-inventing herself as someone else, Sarah Montoya, the wise mother who guides her whole family (adopted and otherwise) with wry intelligence, and even Francisca, the ghost whose very presence seems to make a place home. There is good reason that Publisher¿s Weekly called *Ariel¿s Crossing* ¿yet another outstanding, thought-provoking novel from .one of America's major literary voices¿.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    deep relationship drama

    Ariel Rankin grew up in Manhattan thinking that Brice McCarthy was her father. However, recently the Manhattan publisher has learned that Brice is not her biological father, but that Kip Calder had sired her. Stunned with the truth, and single and pregnant, Ariel decides to meet Kip. <P>In the 1960s Kip impregnated his girlfriend Jessica and fled to Southeast Asia where he became a spy. Brice, irate with his best friend for what he did to Jessica, stepped in and married her, helping her raise Ariel. Now Kip is back home in New Mexico, nearing death and wants to meet his daughter. However, instead of waiting for her, Kip decides to finish his life with one last quest. He is helping widower Delfino Montoya to reclaim the ranch the Feds snatched from her family for those notorious tests in the proving ground. <P>ARIEL¿S CROSSING is a deep relationship drama filled with numerous subplots that draw from the divergent culture that the Manhattan Project and subsequent nuclear research brought to New Mexico. The story line is action packed though some of the secondary threads take away from the prime theme. Still readers will feel mesmerized as the characters take the audience on a tour of the Land of Enchantment including the pits rarely seen by anyone who is not a Lobo or an Aggie. <P>Harriet Klausner

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